Editorial: One Nation Under God?
We are a divided nation. It’s ugly and it stinks. Whether you woke up on November 9, 2016 on top of the world or in a state of despair, one thing for sure is that we have some soul searching to do. America is the greatest country on earth – with all of its flaws, warts and unhealed wounds. But we are a nation that pits itself against the other. Race, gender, religion and class are among the weapons used to keep people divided and fan the flames of hate. School children and kids on college campuses are now parroting some of the racist undertones of this election. It’s almost laughable because they haven’t lived on this earth long enough to truly understand the gravity of their actions.
Those who feel that America will somehow become “great again” are perhaps feeling years of being overlooked, overshadowed and outdone by people who have been historically disenfranchised. Perhaps this fear of the browning of America has emboldened a segment of the country to believe the outcome of this election will somehow help them reclaim their place in a land that has a vastly different landscape from 50 years ago.
On the other hand, the outcome of this election has emboldened minorities, who have consistently made economic strides since the Civil Rights movement, to vehemently resist going backward. Further, many resent the fact that some conclude their success was gained at the expense of other Americans, who now feel they are the disenfranchised.
The venom and hate amassed over the last two years isnvery telling. Feelings and beliefs that used to be covert
are now spewed loudly, resulting in division, violence andnhate. To be clear, the days of Jim Crow are dead with no chance of a resurrection. With that said, it is important to underscore the real reason we are here.
The poor and middle class have been left out for a long time. Technology, ecology and, yes, poor trade deals destroyed jobs and wiped out communities. Rural communities really suffer. People elected to act in the best interest of the people have acted in their own best interest. Segments of society have put their hopes in this group or that group only to be taken for a ride year, after year, after year.
We have elected officials who hold these offices for sport and not for the good of the people. As a society, we have power. Remember, it’s for the people, by the people and not for elected officials by elected officials. If we have the audacity to stick together - black, white, yellow, brown – we can deploy a mighty blow and shake up the status quo. But we’ve got to get out of our own way. This president or that one cannot manifest our destiny. The things that divide us are silly. Stupid stereotypes, generational biases, jealousy and fear are only as powerful as we allow them to be. (I say “stupid” instead of ignorant because ignorant implies that one doesn’t know any better.)
My success takes nothing from you. Your success takes nothing from me. Criminal acts and violence are perpetrated by every race under the sun. To demonize one group for this and another group for that is ridiculous. We [are] much stronger together. If being divided and spewing racial slurs makes some feel powerful, then perhaps those individuals need some introspection to decipher why they feel so little that they have to act out in hate to feel bigger.
We are at a pivotal point as a nation. Washington and our friends on Capitol Hill can’t fix this. We can either extend an olive branch and respect our differences or stand divided. The reality is, division leaves us vulnerable to our enemies abroad who watch us do their work for them.
We are a diverse nation. But we are one nation under God – indivisible. And folks, no matter where you netted out after the electoral votes were counted, God is in control. You can’t add to that, you can’t take anything away from it. Everything is sifted through His permissive will.