The American Civil War was America’s most divisive time. It was a war that cost 620,000 lives and was fought, in the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson, because of “uncompromising differences between the free and slave states.”
Now we are at it again, 152 years after the end of the Civil War.
“Uncompromising differences” are again dividing us and pitting Americans against other Americans. Instead of guns and cannons, we are now fighting each other with digital weapons in the social media wars. Both sides are losing. America is losing.
As we fight amongst ourselves, we are putting the future of this great nation in extreme danger by allowing forces outside our borders to take advantage of a nation divided. We can’t even agree on who our common enemies are and how we are threatened. Almost forgotten these days is that our sons, daughters, fathers and mothers have been engaged in war for 16 years with no known plans to bring an end to the conflicts.
Where will this all end? History has taught us that America was never great when we were divided, but rather experienced its greatest successes when its citizens were united for a single purpose.
We can be great again, but only when we accept the fact that no matter our political beliefs or ideology, we are all in this together. We are all Americans. All of us. No matter what race, religion, creed or political party.
Let’s get it together, America. Our very existence may depend upon it.