Monday, 26 February 2024

MacRae: America is not tearing itself apart!

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) declared, “America is tearing itself apart.”, as he voted to send Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor.

He attached a caveat that there be an FBI investigation, not to exceed one week, into the Ford and Ramirez allegations of sexual assault.

The 21 U.S senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate and the House of Representatives as a whole, divided along party lines, are, sometimes viciously attacking each other.

They are joined by a small population of passionate people on both the right and the left. Those people create demonstrations often without logic or facts. These are the people who are “tearing themselves apart.” It is not America tearing itself apart.

In a graduate school seminar heated debate on why more people were not politically active, I paraphrased a political science professor from undergraduate school who opined, “Fortunately, there are only a few passionate minorities on both the left and the right with a great mass in the center. Otherwise, we would have a revolution every four years.”

Here in our county, which is probably not dissimilar to the rest of the country, most people have opinions on various issues, some with strong opinions. Yet we socialize together, do business together, attend events together and even go to church together without “tearing each other apart.”

For those who believe I am being naïve, American political history since the end of World War II proves that the “crises” of today will pass, to be followed by yet other “crises.”

Peter MacRae holds a master’s degree in international relations and international conflict resolution. He is the author of four books: “A Measured Response: The United Global Security Partnership,” “The Poppies of Mohammed,” “Do the Muslims Have An Argument?” and “A Capital Crime.” He is currently working on a sequel to “The Poppies of Mohammed,” the title of which is “ISIS and the Lone Wolf.” He lives in Lakeport, Calif.

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