Debate-Divisiveness- Disdain. Is It Good?

Congressman Richard Neal said this week that the President was not delivering a bipartisan approach to government and conceded that at no other time in American History has this country been as divisive as we are right now.

The Congressman’s underlying thought is that is a bad thing and that is why things aren’t getting done.  I get what he is saying.  But let’s explore.

Divisiveness is what built this country.

That is why we have the history that we do.  That people of all colors and creeds and ideas and backgrounds can get together and work out their differences for the betterment of the body as a whole.

That’s what it was.  It ain’t now.

The divisiveness that we have now is a lot different then the old days.  Instead of divisiveness leading to ideas and advancement, what we have now is divisiveness that is designed to feed the ego.  It’s not the issue.  It's the win.

Why else would one party not concede that the other party might have something meaningful to say?Why else would the winner of the conflict be more important than the overall issue?

Why else would you have people talking and nobody listening?

People doing but not accomplishing anything?

That’s where we are in the world today.

We did it to ourselves.  We can also undo the problem.  

But that will take people wanting to change what they have.  It would take a person being a statesman or stateswoman rather than a politician.

“A politician thinks of the next election.  A Statesman of the next generation.”

James Freeman Clark said that.

I don’t need to say any more.

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