Tuesday, November 19, 2013

United We Stand!

     I fear what the future will hold for my boys.  Pondering over the events of the past few weeks, I struggled last evening with the incontrovertible fact that we are rapidly approaching a disaster of cataclysmic proportions for our country if a major course correction does not take place.  Using words from scripture, Abraham Lincoln astutely observed "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  With a President who cannot tell the truth and who is growing increasingly ineffective, congressional leaders who are more interested in political gain than the interests of our country, and a citizenry increasingly disillusioned, angry and polarized; what the communists during the Cold War and the terrorists of Cold War could not accomplish has suddenly become a very real and frightening possibility.  Events orchestrated during those years failed to split and weaken the American people; rather, they drew us together and made us even stronger.  While not entirely wise in all their decisions all the time, our leaders during those events helped draw us together to meet the challenges of the enemy without.  Today we are threatened by a more insidious danger which could destroy this great nation by splitting us asunder.  Already there are signs of this.
     As I read a large number of comments about news items on the internet concerning Obamacare, I was struck by the way our country has become polarized and frightened by some of the nastiness of many of the comments.  What really bothered me the most, however, was some of the racist comments.  I am as upset as anyone by what has transpired at the highest levels of government.  I think most Americans including the press, perhaps especially the press, feel betrayed by those to whom we entrusted the leadership of our nation; however, now more than ever we need unity. The political games must stop. Now is the time we need our leadership to step up and lead by example, bringing our people together rather than dividing us further for political gain.  The blame game must end.  Hearing one side blame another for the mess we are in does nothing to solve our problems.  Blaming the previous administration for the failure of Obamacare makes no sense nor does blaming the more conservative press.  I have heard both of those proposals advanced, and they are not conducive either to bringing us together or to solving the problems.  While Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster, perhaps the most dangerous issue is the byproduct of it that everyone seems to ignore, the atmosphere of hostility and divisiveness it has created.  Now more than ever we need our government officials to step up along with the insurance companies to find a solution that will ease tensions and bring our people together.  All of us Americans must link arms and stand together lest our nation be brought to its knees by the enemy within.  What kind of future do we want for the generations t come?  "United we stand; divided we fall!"

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