Imagine the distinct possibility of a national election touting Bernie and The Donald as the main event. It seems to be the political apex for a divided nation hooked on television with consummate one liner put downs and where politics are gleaned from bumper stickers or Pinterest platitudes. The possibility while moving from unthinkable to almost probable, would certainly be disastrous.
Our country is currently experiencing several portentous issues. The world wide spread of ISIS, immigration reform, the continuing discrimination saga, religious freedom, income inequality, failing education and a plethora of other issues are shouting: “fix me!” As formable as these faults are, they are certainly solvable if we are united. I suggest the most threatening issue facing this great nation at this time is division. Abraham Lincoln quoted Christ when he said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Upon hearing candidate Lincoln’s proposed talk some objected but Lincoln persevered by stating: “The proposition is indisputably true … and I will deliver it as written.”
Today we vehemently subscribe to either conservative or progressive values, Democratic or Republican dogma, a small or large Federal government, Fox or CNN, white or black, rich or poor. The split can be defined geographically, religiously or even by age. It is both endemic and national. We, as a nation, are so divided, our communications, what shows we watch and even where we shop is determined by which side we stand on regarding the latest emergency as dictated by the political correctness fascists. Those who try to be a centrist and sit out a particular issue are often met with derision and scorn. Society demands that we chose a side.
It is into this environment that Senator Bernie Sanders and Entrepreneur Donald Trump have asked us to consider their candidacy for President of the United States. Let me simply ask one question.
Which of these two candidates can mend the gulf that divides us?
Instead of raising a ruckus favoring the democratic socialist or the loud, ultra conservative billionaire, should we not be searching for the candidate that can mend the gash that divides us and bring us all back together as “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all?”
Samuel Waen Jensen