If Americans really want something to worry about, let’s worry about keeping our country together.
A politically divided nation is easy prey to its enemies and a weak partner to its allies. Many of us think we know what path the nation and its citizens should follow.
But if the philosophy is to prevent the other side from enacting their vision of America by making it impossible to get things done politically, then each side loses, and we are in deep trouble. It is far better to make a deal that gives us all something important.
The tenor of these times of anger, denial and faint hope are eerily similar in some ways to the events preceding and following the American Civil War when our nation was torn in two by the issue of slavery and seven states, joined by another four after the fall of Fort Sumter, seceded from the Union and joined together…