By Jim Turner, Fairfield
How to break the impasse? Make America whole again? I always try to remember my favorite Abraham Lincoln quote: “The mystic chords of memory stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell to the chorus of union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” [Lincoln’s First Inaugural]
We are not just divided in this country. We are being divided! We must realize this!
Divide and conquer. What better way for those who oppose us to destroy our country without even firing a shot. Get Americans hating each other, insulting, condemning and denouncing one another. And it is working. The internet and social media make it possible like never before.
Just a few dollars and a few experts can wreak havoc in the US.
There is no good purpose served in calling the president names, using profanity - using profanity and otherwise abusive language to attack him, his family, and his supporters. It only makes a bad problem worse.
Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” And he was right. We need less violent language and abuse and more respect and understanding if we ever hope to be unified again as a country.
Division makes us weak and vulnerable, unity makes us strong, secure, and ever so much harder to attack and destroy.
And what of President Trump and The Mueller investigation? Find the truth, and let the chips fall where they may. Is Donald trump responsible for his words and actions now? Before he became president? During the campaign? You bet he is. And so are we! Each of us.
We are responsible for what we say and do, too. “As you sow so shall you reap.” True for President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Sen. Schumer ... true for everyone.
But it is “We The People” who will ultimately determine the future of our nation. Not these politicians.
Let us remember the example of past generations of Americans - who were divided also - but found, through courage, perseverance and an enduring belief in our founding principles, a way through every crisis. Let’s all take heart and build a better future for our children and our grandchildren. And let’s set a better example for them also.