Joe Biden has promised to do everything in his power to heal the wounds that divide the people of this nation, to bring unity where there is only separation and hate. I fully believe he will try, but we all have to do our part … he cannot do it alone. And today, it seems to me that nearly half the nation does not want unity, though they claim they do. Perhaps they are defining ‘unity’ as everyone bending to their own views.
In an early morning text from a friend, there was this …
“… the “new” President call 74 MILLION Americans…. white suprematists. He’s off to a great start. Unity? I think not a chance in hell now.”
And that was only the beginning. Senator Rand Paul said in a morning interview with Fox News …
“If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly veiled innuendo. Calling us white supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book. Calling us people who don’t tell the truth. ‘And going forward we’re not going to have manufactured or manipulated truth.’ That’s another way of saying ‘All of my opponents manufacture or manipulate the truth and are liars.’”
And speaking of Fox, ol’ Tucker Carlson just had to throw a bucket of fuel on the fire, saying …
“Now that we’re waging war on white supremacists. Can somebody tell us in very clear language what a white supremacist is? Biden has now declared war. So, we should know specifically and precisely who exactly he has declared war on. We have a right to know that innocent people could be hurt in this war. They usually are.”
Joe Biden offered an olive branch, and some republicans are determined to destroy it rather than accept it. It’s almost as if they take great pleasure from the current atmosphere of hate and divisiveness. Biden wasn’t looping Republicans generally in with white supremacists and extremists. Carlson is doing that. Paul is doing that.
I’m sure there is a large contingent of republicans who are hopeful that Biden can, in fact, lessen the tensions, find common ground on the issues that divide us, and helps us find the path to mutual respect, but they aren’t speaking loudly enough, if at all. The only republican voices I’m hearing are those who aren’t even willing to give peace a chance.
From an OpEd by Philip Bump writing for The Washington Post …
It’s important to note that this is clearly not what Biden was talking about. He was talking about the rise of white nationalist extremism and violence of the sort that has been manifested occasionally in recent years and which the Department of Homeland Security (under Trump) identified as the most significant terrorism threat in the country. He was talking about the sort of extremism that contributed to what happened at the Capitol.
There is some undercurrent of sympathy among Republicans generally for what happened there. Most Americans reject the mob’s actions in storming the Capitol, though, as a Washington Post-ABC News poll found, 15 percent of Republicans at least somewhat support the storming of the Capitol itself. A HuffPost-YouGov poll taken shortly after the attack found that most Republicans viewed the mob’s actions as being mostly right or simply having gone too far in pursuit of a valid point.
I remember a time when being a republican or a democrat was not a divisive feature. Sure, there have always been ideological differences – hence the reason for two distinct political parties. But it wasn’t the thing that defined us, as it appears to be today. This nation is split in half, though not by any physical boundaries, but rather by prejudice and intolerance. President Joe Biden wants to start to put us back together, but it can only work if people on both sides of the issues are willing to make it work. Taking his words, twisting them to mean something entirely different, then spewing hateful remarks is not the answer, people!
I call on every person, whether democrat, republican, or independent, to give Joe a chance, for Pete’s sake! Within twelve hours of him taking his Oath of Office, people were already denigrating and swearing that they would not even listen to his actual words, would not be open to trying to help make his attempts at healing the Great Divide work. Do these people actually crave violence, want a damn civil war? I’ve said many times in the last four years that this is no longer a country I recognize. I was hoping that would change under a President Biden, but it can only change if we all want it to. Do we still have any shared values in this country? Today, I have my doubts. PLEASE prove me wrong!