29.6 C
Houston
Saturday, August 8, 2020

America groans under the weight of disunity

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

In 1776, founding father John Adams called for “pomp and parade,” “bells” and “bonfires” and “illuminations from one end of this continent to the other,” all as expressions of cheer and joy for the birth of this great nation of ours, for the great melting pot that was to be, for the spirit of America that was to soar.

In 2020, the National Football League announced plans to open Week 1 games with the playing of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a song that has come to be known as the Black National Anthem.

Then, meet now. Unity, meet division.

The discord in this country has reached eerily high levels in recent times, and it’s a wonder if amicable relations among differing communities, differing demographics, differing cultures can ever be restored.

It’s not that this nation hasn’t had its share of internal arguments; on the contrary, even recent polls show wide political divisions among the people.

“Americans’ growing partisan divide: 8 key findings,” Pew Research wrote in October 2017.

“In the latest survey, 8 of 10 people polled say they believe the country is ‘mainly’ or ‘totally’ divided,” NBC reported, on its own NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in October 2018.

“New Poll: Voters Find Political Divisions So Bad, Believe U.S. Is Two-Thirds Of The Way To ‘Edge Of A Civil War,’” The Institute of Politics and Public Service reported, on its own Georgetown University Battleground Civility Poll in October 2019.

But even amid those divisions, when the Fourth of July rolled around, America, by and large, could unite. Americans, at least most, could take a time out from the partisanship to share a hot dog, enjoy the fireworks, pack for the beach, wave a flag, attend a parade, plant graveside flowers.

If only for one grandiose Star Spangled Banner-playing moment — if only for one “get your beer here” baseball game-sharing second — Americans could put the pause on life’s hardships and breath in the fresh air of freedom as one.

Today’s face-mask mandates make it tough to eat in public.

Today’s social distance orders make it hard to parade, or party.

Today’s stifling and ridiculously random executive orders make it impossible to plan, to prosper, to produce and create, to even live at times.

Today’s anti-America violence in the streets makes it an act of danger to wave a flag. The anarchists and monument destroyers and Black Lives Matter social justice warriors and Antifa thugs and complicit, cowardly, catering, coddling Democrats of Destruction have made it so.

Today’s left has flipped the First Amendment. Free assembly means “grab your bricks,” peaceful protest means “burn down the police station.”

Today’s left has moved the goal post so that the playing of the National Anthem at a football game is racism; the playing of the Black National Anthem, righteousness.

“This is asinine,” Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, of the NFL’s plans to play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” during Week 1 of the upcoming season. “We are ONE America. E Pluribus Unum.”

Maybe at one time.

Maybe that was the plan.

But now?

America’s groaning in disunity. Out of many, one has become out of one, many. The question now is: What will unite us in the future? Where are our shared traits now?

The answer means everything to our future.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.



Washingtontimes

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Chrissy Teigen caught using Goya beans despite boycott

A can of beans was a heated partisan issue that captured a news cycle last month and continues to ignite controversy. After sparking a...
- Advertisement -

AOC may not be given speaking slot at Democratic convention

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might not be given a time slot to speak at the...

Twitter Locks Out Emergency Room Doctor Simone Gold for Posting Non-Approved COVID-19 Information on Their Platform

Front line doctors from across the US held a “White Coat Summit” last week in Washington DC to dispel the misinformation and myths surrounding...

Related news

Celebrities’ gratuitous apologies make BLM all about them

The arson, looting and rioting have died down, but we’re still a long way from cultural normalcy in the US of A. (That A...

It’s time to fix our broken oil and gas leasing system

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our public lands have provided desperately needed solace and responsible...

Elizabeth Warren pushes COVID-19 bailout for privileged elites while calling it ‘economic justice’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has based her entire political career on promises to fight for...

Billionaires don’t deserve your hate

The other day, I was playing on Instagram, my safe space of a social...

When will Joe Biden have the guts to leave his basement?

This is not an original sentiment, but it bears emphasis: It is beyond contempt...

HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s trip to Taiwan is a welcome slap at China

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s trip to Taiwan is angering Beijing. Good. Azar will be the highest-ranking US official to visit the island...

NY Democrats are moving to lock in one-party rule — maybe forever

Democratic lawmakers in Albany are never satisfied: Their party already has a firm lock on the key levers of power, yet last week they...
- Advertisement -