Can our country stand divided?

By Jan Dolcater | Jan 10, 2019

It is unfortunate today that we hear from high places encouragement of hate and violence that emanates from both sides of the aisle and particularly from the media. President Trump, with his lack of humility, the immediate hostility from the leadership of the Democrats and their allies in the compliant media stir impulses of anger that appear to be endless. I, for one, am weary of this harangues and long for peaceful cooperation for the wellbeing of our nation. How about you, have you enjoyed about all of this you can stand?

I ask myself, how can there be resolution to this anger and hatred? I recognize that this will not be an easy task to solve. However, let us examine something from an unanticipated source. Natives in New Guinea had a method of capturing small monkeys. They would cut a small hole in a coconut and empty the contents, then fill it with rice, which the monkeys savored. After mounting the coconut in an area for a trap, the hunter would wait. Once the monkey got his paw into the rice, he would not pull his paw from the coconut and would cling to the rice. By doing this he became easy prey. This reminds me of the Democratic philosophy today that if Trump suggests anything, worthy or not, the response is immediately hostile and they will not let go of it. This, in turn, generates more hostility from Trump. The lack of understanding and forgiveness from both parties is pathetic.

Particularly as we begin the new year, I encourage all, regardless of philosophy or whether you are an Independent, a Democrat or a Republican, to try to entertain opinions that will help strengthen our country, rather than marginalize it. We all can and will benefit, if we will work openly without malice to try to solve problems of health care, immigration and areas of the economy that will benefit the country as a whole. All of these problems need resolution in a fiscally prudent and sound manner. If we will work and solve them together, we will strengthen and not weaken our wellbeing or our freedom.

I also encourage all to consider an approach that was part of our founding as a Christian nation. Open your hearts and minds in a humble manner to our almighty God and ask for guidance and forgiveness of our previous approach to all things. We all have free will, but far too often many choose to respond to affairs in an impulsive manner with a “me first” approach.

Instead, try to approach all of our circumstances by asking God to do his will and not ours. I fervently believe that if this course is followed, the future of our beloved nation will be bright. I ask, do you have a more civil approach to use? Let’s try this; what do we have to lose? It is my desire that justice, liberty and our freedom will prosper for all, and as a result our nation may become unified.

Many may say this approach is the height of naïveté. However, it is based squarely on faith and trust in almighty God. In closing, I refer to a Bible verse, Matthew 12:35 “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”

Comments (7)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jan 15, 2019 07:11

Oh, poor Jan/June.  Whenever presented with a slice of your own self-created reality you always retreat into a bitter and spiteful fantasy.  As Kevin reminds us you and your partners in lies never produce any resource material to back up you sneering claims just more of the same trump-induced nonsense.  I won't waste more time on you but only leave you with this:

 

 

“A  people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims...  but accomplices.”  -George Orwell

 

 

“Elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this [Russia] investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows.  The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests — no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s.” - John McCain

 

 

"A shutdown falls on the president's lack of leadership.  He can't even control his party and get people together in a room.  A shutdown means the president is weak."  Donald Trump 2013

 

 

"Trump portrays his critics as “villains” and “enemies,” describes immigrants as “losers” and “criminals,” and has become a national mouthpiece for violent nationalists and a myriad of extremists who trade in hate and violence. Using a rhetoric of hate as a performance strategy to whip up his base, Trump employs endless rhetorical tropes of hate and demonization that set the tone for real violence."
https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-love-affair-with-violence-in-the-age-of-fascist-nihilism/?fbclid=IwAR3XTLafyXqWXL_5lyF4Ywr6r5Cgd4TqpFYHV2sSYdAD6-rxJrzGHmoR18s

 

 

"The “core” problem is that “we have a president without shame who is backed by a party without spine that is supported by a network called Fox News without integrity. Fasten your seatbelt.”  -Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/thomas-friedman-say-without_us_5c397207e4b0922a21d514f7

 

 

" it is a strong, circumstantial case that Trump is, as former acting CIA director Michael Morell and former CIA director Michael V. Hayden warned during the 2016 campaign, “an unwitting agent of the Russian federation” (Morell) or a “useful fool” who is “manipulated by Moscow” (Hayden). If Trump isn’t actually a Russian agent, he is doing a pretty good imitation of one."  -Max Boot

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/here-are-18-reasons-why-trump-could-be-a-russian-asset/2019/01/13/45b1b250-174f-11e9-88fe-f9f77a3bcb6c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b91eabf09137&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Jan 15, 2019 06:42

"Joe and his sweet lady, Mika  from MSNBC, Maxine Waters. Don Lemon and the crew from CNN who do nothing but spew hate and disinformation on  a round the clock daily basis. Do not overlook Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler or other such."

 

Again please enlighten. Show us this hate and disinformation you talk about.

Also can you be any more self-righteous and self absorbed? Ron is correct the right has become the ideology of hate, racism misogyny. Their uter contempt for the "other", "them" is palpable. trump is a coplete disaster for America, the American people and Americas place in the world.

His administration's economic policies are going crash the economy. THAT has already started

Everything he has done in his life has been a failure and his presidency will be no exception.

They president sets the tone of the nation and the tone of this president is evil. The gaslighting is epic. The lies never stop. He believes he is an expert in everything. his administration bows at his every whim and perpetrates the same  lies.

The right is at fault but there are those that are either blind or suffering form Dunning–Kruger effect on a massive scale.

Trump is bringing an end to Americas preeminence in the world.



Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Jan 14, 2019 16:23

Ron,

I do not believe I have encountered an individual so consumed with hatred and venom as you/  You seem to ignore Joe and his sweet lady, Mika  from MSNBC, Maxine Waters. Don Lemon and the crew from CNN who do nothing but spew hate and disinformation on  a round the clock daily basis. Do not overlook Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler or other such.  Your descriptions of how Christ would act if He were on the earth today is truly pathetic. I know of not one Christian person that would respond as you have done. No Ron, without question you are TRULY the HYPOCRITE  Suggest you try a little prayer   You sure need some help and some quiet time with your priest, rabbi or parson whichever is appropriate to help you regain a realistic perspective on life.

Jan Dolcater. Rockport

 



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jan 12, 2019 10:51

Oh, Jan, really?  A cry for civility from the right?  From the party of petty vulgarity such as Limbaugh?  Or of crude, sneering contempt such as Coulter?  Or of the shrieking insanity of Alex Jones?  Or, finally, the moral depravity of trump? This isn't naïveté as you suggest but blatant hypocrisy.


For the last four decades American "conservatism" has does everything it could to divide the American people.  It has dragged up, conjoured up, or just plain fabricated out of thin air every imaginable reason for one group of Americans to hate and distrust every other group.  Now that those chickens are coming home to roost it's just a bit disingenuous to see you mewing and sighing about "peaceful cooperation for the well being of our nation."


Is there anything more hypocritical about the right than for them to quote biblical scripture when they've broken every commandment Christ ever gave them?  When even evangelicals have sold their souls to the fascist, oranged-faced God. If Christ returned today with his message of love and conciliation the right wing would have him arrested at the border, deported, or caged -or worse- without a moments notice.  How can you spout nonsense about "opening your hearts and minds in a humble manner to our almighty God" after ignoring all the tenets of Christianity in exchange for the political power to crush every truly Christian thing in our society.  Perhaps, as always, after ignoring Christ's example for so long, "spouting" is all that conservatives can manage.


And how much "peaceful cooperation" did president Obama get from Republicans?  How much are the Dems getting now from a Republican Senate that seems determined to block their every attempt at ending trump's disastrous government shutdown?  Where is the "understanding and forgiveness" in McConnell's obstruction?


After all those years of uncooperation and downright obstruction by Republicans it's more than apparent just why trump is your president.  It's not just "humility" that he lacks.  He has no conscience, no intellect,  no empathy, no moral compass, no compassion, no integrity, no patience, no sense of loyalty, no honor, no respect, no courage, no manners, no character, and -must I say it- no soul.   He is the perfect manifestation of conservatism in all it's superficial posturing, it's false patriotism, it's self-absorbed arrogance.   No politician in our history has done more to divide us than trump, to stir up unreasoning hatred of one for another. Indeed, most of this supporters love trump for just that reason and cling to him despite all his failings, because he hates anyone different from himself just as they do.


"Trump’s fiercest backers enjoy his cruelty towards people they have decided deserve it.  For them, the cruelty is the point.”  -Adam Serwer, Staff writer at The Atlantic


Really, isn't that the perfect description of the right wing, a political movement based on hatred and purposeful cruelty?  What would Christ say to trump, do you think?  What would he say to all those who stood back and did nothing while trump committed every offense against God and man? What would he say to those who kept silent?  Worse yet, what will he say to you?

Well, I have neither the time nor the strength to list all of trump's crime and all the outrages of the right wing.  But since you tried to hide behind religious camoflague in this poorly contrived piece I'll follow suit with a more applicable quote.


“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness."
-Matthew 23:27-29



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Jan 11, 2019 14:29

"It is unfortunate today that we hear from high places encouragement of hate and violence that emanates from both sides of the aisle and particularly from the media."

 

Really? Please enlighten us to the calls for hate and violence from the Democrats, Republicans and media. Examples please. You said particularly the media. What media are you talking about? Is Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR or any media center calling for violence????

What media re you listening to or watching that is spouting that nonsense?

I see many calls for violence from right wing white supremacists groups and fascists some of which have been acted on, Charlottesville!



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Jan 11, 2019 14:00

 

This reminds me of the Republican philosophy today that if Obama suggests anything, worthy or not, the response is immediately hostile and they will not let go of it.

See, we've been here before.

 

 

Also, the US was not founded as a christion nation. All of the found documents are secular with no mention of any religious basis for the formation of the nation. We are not a theocracy.

The establishment clause of the 1st Amendment specifically forbids it.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 11, 2019 12:37

Food for thought!



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