We are the United States of America. At least, that is who we have always claimed to be.
But are we? Have we ever been?
Considering where we are today, and the state of our public discourse, it begs the questions.
The brazen and hateful divisions playing out in almost every aspect of American life did not just suddenly come about.
Despite our fractured and factious states, we have always managed to rise above them, and preserve the things we hold in common and, therefore, keep America.
But why do we seem so far apart today, and will our pulling in opposite directions ultimately sink us?
No doubt we have been treading turbulent waters in major areas of American life.
Many of us have become pandemic weary during the last two years, having to endure social restrictions, unwelcome mandates, vaccine confusion, all levels of illness, loss of jobs and businesses, and, of course, more than 900,000 COVID deaths.
We could add that we are battered, tired and worn down by what seems to be entrenched partisan dysfunction in government at nearly every level in a way we have not seen in recent history, with no apparent end in sight.
Then there is the age-old and endemic malady of racial intolerance and racial violence, occurring in the most unsuspecting places for reasons that remind us that we still have not found a lasting cure.
These health, political and social headwinds are further compounded by an economy that seems to defy stability and predictability, straining our ability to budget and meet today’s needs let alone plan for the future — fueling the separation and dog-eat-dog behavior among us.
But these conditions and forces weighing on us as Americans are not new. So, why does it seem the nation is in a more vulnerable state than ever?
While many of us may be experiencing some of these forces for the first time, we would do well to remember that many of our family members, and generations before us have gone through similar storms in this country, and some would argue even worse. Read more