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athgarvan

CAN THE STATES BE UNITED AGAIN?

The States have just endured one of the most divisive elections in recent memory. The country is splintered, wounded, and deeply hurting. In times of conflict like this, people instinctively gravitate to one of two behaviours: to unify, or to divide.

It is usually easier to be a divider than a unifier. It takes less effort.  Being a unifier requires strength and maturity. Unifiers inspire others with their courage, patience, and kindness. They lift up those who are feeling afraid and anxious. They try to understand. They defend those who are vulnerable. They help others understand.

People often don’t respond well to calls for unity. Unifiers are often attacked from both sides. They’re accused of compromising. They are ridiculed and told that they don’t have the courage to fight for truth. But unifiers reach out. They ask questions. They try to understand and find truth and understanding by engaging with those who think differently. They debate respectfully and in good faith.

This problem of unifiers versus dividers is not something new. We hear of it in the Gospel:

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear". (1 Peter 3: 15-16)

"All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ". (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Comments

I don't know; we just spent 8 years of a party literally doing everything they could trying to attack the party in the White House. They literally had a meeting the day of Obama's inauguration to decide to oppose everything he did in the effort to get him out of office even when it meant trying to not help get us through the Great Recession.

I will preface that it would be difficult to unite when the person you're supposed to unite against literally wants to harm you and appears to be literally filling their government with racists and white supremacists/nationals.

The bigger question is why isn't Trump trying to create a unity government? Not even a government with a bunch of Democrats in it, but his proposals for his advisors are almost all deplorable. Currently we have General Flynn (an apparent racist Islamophobe who thinks that Islam is a cancer and not a religion); Steve Bannon who is a rumored anti-Semite and the publisher of an "alt-right" white nationalist website, and an attorney general who was denied becoming a judge based on being a racist. His VP is my current governor and he had been in favor of terrible anti-GLBTQ legislation as well as "conversion therapy."

Add to it claims for an unconstitutional Muslim registry and it is pretty clear that Trump isn't trying to unify the nation.
by their fruit so you shall know them

and that's the fruit on the Trump tree