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Americans Aren’t As Divided As You Think

November 23rd, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

I don’t think we should deny that it’s been a rough year. It doesn’t look like it’s going to get any easier any time soon. There is a spirit of destructive division in the air. Malicious forces seek to divide to achieve selfish gain. It’s not new, but it is now very pronounced.

Perhaps we should ask, as Ronald Reagan once did, “How can we love our country and not love our countrymen?” We do not have to agree on anything to be respectful toward each other. It only takes an adjustment in focus to see that we agree on much more than we disagree on. As much as there are challenges facing us, we have much to be thankful for. Some of the people I love and respect the most hold views I profoundly disagree with. I have found that in areas where it is impossible to hold a civil discussion of the issues that divide, it is better to focus on what unites. Nelson Mandela once remarked, “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” When we join in common cause, we re-discover our common humanity.

Perhaps we can take just one day to be thankful for the many blessings we have all received, without merit. To be grateful for the right to openly disagree. When we can disagree without being disagreeable, we show the true greatness of America. And we also defeat the bad guys.

Americans Aren’t As Divided As You Think

Every day, America is being misled by the political parties, our political leaders and the press. We are told that the other side – whether it’s liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans – are not just wrong on the issues, but full of destructive intent.

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