It is nice to read an article that finally admits that we can never unite under a common political cause. Our fundamental beliefs prevent that from happening:
When they disagree, it’s often because they have incompatible values.
Most Democrats believe it’s inhumane for society not to guarantee a certain minimum standard of things like food, shelter, and health care; most Republicans don’t.
Most Democrats believe the wealthy ought to shoulder more of the burden of funding the things government does; most Republicans don’t.
These aren’t just fleeting preferences — they spring from fundamental ideas about how the world works and how it ought to work.
And yes, we do live in a polarized age. But that’s in large part because both parties have become more internally consistent about what they believe. There are problematic consequences for the government’s ability to perform basic functions (even those that ought to be removed from ideology), but the differences are substantive and substantial….
What I’d like to hear is a presidential candidate answer the unity question by saying,
“I wish I could unify the country, but I can’t. All I can do is do the best job possible, even if I know that no matter what happens a healthy portion of the population is still going to hate me. But I’ll try to do right by them too.”
That would at least be honest, even if the candidate would be pilloried for not buying into the myth of a unity that is always supposed to be awaiting us if only we can put aside our differences.
Given the still adamant Trump supporters even after so much ugliness about him has come out I have to agree that values differ greatly among us in the U.S. Some concentrate on one part of our constitution as being sacrosanct, and some another. Some want to throw the entire document and all of government along with it out the window. As the article above says Democrats believe that everyone should be their brother’s keeper. When our fellow citizens fall on harsh times we should be there for them as a society. (Kind of sounds like the words of Jesus if you ask me but I won’t go any further with that thought here. ) Democrats believe that government has the duty to do the people’s business especially when individual citizens can’t do it themselves.
Since it has been a long time since I claimed the Republican mantel I can only guess by their actions what my Republican friends believe . Republicans put the pre-born into a much higher category than those who have left the womb. They will fight to insure that every life conceived is brought to birth but then don’t seem to care much about it after that. They believe that government is to do the least possible and let the capitalist systems take care of the rest. They ferociously cling to their guns as their main protection against their conceived evils of the world.
With this great disparity of values I agree there can never be a president to unify the country. All we can hope for is that whichever party holds the power they do the best within their mindset and we count on checks and balances to reign them in when they exceed their bounds. Maybe there is something that can bridge this gap between us but right now I seriously doubt that it can happen anytime in the near future.