Heal Our Nation

Saturday, August 2, 2014
President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner have announced it's governmental crunch time: Americans have again called for leaders to get to work and compromise, if necessary, to get the job done.

That was 2010.

Lack of cooperation has always stoked the fire of do-nothingness…while blinding partisanship preoccupies the minds of otherwise bright people rendering them no more effective at finding solutions than could opposing gangs at war.
 

This adversarial relationship isn’t new.  Governmental history is laced with it. So before you catch yourself saying, “It’s never been this bad,” take a deep breath.  It has been.

America likes to remember herself as people who negotiate their way through disagreements and wars...people who sacrifice for a greater good.  True.  We have pulled together before…even sacrificed, but history doesn’t support this is our norm.

There is no argument. When Americans cooperate, they incubate solutions.  No one talks about reaching across the aisle, because there are no aisles.  We are Americans.  

America loses when her leaders face off against one another.  When the legislative goal is party dominance, the result is division.  These are the years of noteworthy inaction…even decay.  These are the sad years. These are the years that create the lows against which our highs are compared.

Our country has taken its grandest most groundbreaking steps forward when something…some need…surfaced and gripped her people.  The need for unity was so obvious, lawmakers and citizens were healed from partisanship blindness. During these moments of clarity, America is the America that brings all types together to celebrate on July 4th.

To be realistic, we will never eliminate polarizing differences.  We will never be consolidated into one ideology.  On the other hand, it is fair to expect our leaders to look for more opportunities to create eras of accomplishment.  These glory days happen when together we focus on the common enemy…of which there are many.

If Americans spent more time slaying common foes, while we would still have foes in the land, we would have fewer.

Heal our Nation.

Finley Knowles

Ooltewah


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