Abraham Lincoln once prophetically claimed America would not fall except from within. We are a great nation, the greatest on Earth, but we stand now in a level of division unseen since 1861.
Statues and monuments which have stood for more than a hundred years are now considered “offensive.” Men and women are confused by the simple decision of which bathroom to use. Police are compared to pigs. White men are increasingly deemed racist and having “privilege” over others. Anyone who considers him or herself to be conservative and Christian is “intolerant” and “deplorable.”
Charlie Chaplin once stated “We think too much and feel too little” (“The Great Dictator,” 1940), but it seems America now acts solely with our feelings rather than common sense.
Obviously, statues cannot be considered “offensive” when they failed to be so for decades. If you were born with a certain anatomy, you use the men’s room; if not, you use the women’s room. Police are heroes and to be respected. White men have no more “privilege” than any other citizen and are capable of racism to the same extent of ALL races. Christianity is a religion of love and tolerance, despite the accusations of some.
We cannot heal until we accept reality, cast aside our differences and move forward as one nation.
When America faces challenges, we are able to cast aside our political opinions and work together. After the Islamic terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, nobody thought we would be able to survive as a nation. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans in 2004, we thought it would be impossible to rebuild the great and historic city.
Yet, Americans shed their labels of “liberal” and “conservative” to help our fellow countrymen and women, and in doing so we became a nation stronger and greater than before. In those moments, though dark, we were no longer “conservative” or “liberal.” We were simply Americans.
Imagine how much better this country would be if we would continuously cast aside our differences and work for the betterment of all, rather than silencing those who disagree with us.
Howard A. Miller