This country has not seen such division since the Civil War and Vietnam. Issues such as health care, unemployment, illegal immigration and countless others have brought heated conversations to water coolers all over the country. Politicians are pointing fingers and passing blame, not taking responsibility for the challenges at hand.
What good can ever come from this?
The other thing that’s disturbing is the growing loss of respect permeating this country — for our president, our congressional leaders, our law enforcement and each other. We see the results when elected officials shout out slurs from the floor of Congress.
But this is my country and yours and the country of our children and their children. So my question is, when are we going to get our act together to continue to be the superpower we’ve always been?
Whether you like it or not, other countries are sitting on the sidelines observing our bickering and our actions, which often fall short of how schoolchildren act on playgrounds. Yes, we’re going to have differences, but differences in ideas and public debates have been what made our country great. So, if we don’t like what is happening, then we usually do something about it every four years.
I want to send a message to our elected leaders that we, as Republicans, Democrats, and independents are going to stand together in a unity that leaves no room for wasting time. No longer do we want big business to come before what this country needs.
Our message of unity means we want our politicians to go back to work, creating jobs for the unemployed, improving to our infrastructures and allowing a chance for every American to achieve their full potential.
— Erik Berthelsen, Irving, Texas