United we stand, divided we fall is the mantra I learned growing up in the United States. United as a people we have made it through every curve ball that has been thrown at us and United with allies around the world we have fought back aggression globally through 2 world wars as well as many other conflicts and threats to global stability. The new threat is that this stance is now crumbling before our eyes as congressional leaders and politicians running for office play the game of divide and conquer. They play the game of “you are with us or you are against us”. They all speak of their initiatives and policies as being the will of the people when what they really should be saying is the will of their people and only their people. They have fostered a poisoned environment where if you make compromise with the other half of the electorate then somehow you have betrayed America. A poisoned environment that is fueled with bombastic rhetoric and generalized hate.
Making America Great Again should consist more of Americans learning to be less hateful to each other and debate issues in a civil manner then rolling back the clock to some imaginary time and place where everything was just wonderful for all Americans. Let’s not forget that what many consider those good ol’ days had a dark side too. Many Americans were fighting for their rights. At some points these where even rights that had already been constitutionally afforded to them. Let’s also remember that the betterment of the middle class did not come from trickledown economics but instead for long hard fights for better working conditions and fair wages. I see politician after politician wrap themselves in the flag and the bible and profess they are the best thing for America while spewing lies and rumors about their fellow politicians and Americans that may be on the other side of the political spectrum thus violating one of the tenants they profess (Thou shalt not bear false witness). This is then allowed and justified by their followers as somehow ok because, you know, it’s all that other parties fault, every problem in America is their fault, if it wasn’t for those people we would be a great nation again, etc, etc, etc. We are a great nation but we do have our problems as we always have. Through unity and compromise we fix those problems one at a time to create a better nation for future generations. To win someone does not have to lose. The best win is when we all win. America can be win/win.