Simply two weeks in the past, we paused to remember those that misplaced their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, because the unthinkable occurred: America was attacked by a international enemy by itself soil. Within the aftermath, amid the horrid lack of life, the pierced veil of security as soon as thought impenetrable, the worry and uncertainty about what was forward, Americans seemingly became one.
Again then, in spoken and unstated methods, the values that we held pricey as Individuals took over in a method that was palpable. We wore our unity on our sleeves. We rallied round these values that unite us — patriotism, our democratic establishments, freedom and safety of our collective well-being.
Quick ahead to at this time, 20 years later, the place has that sense of unity gone?
What seminal occasions have introduced out the more serious in our habits the place we frequently select, unabashedly, baseness over valiance ? When did it begin?
The years instantly following 9/11 we had been united in spirit and actions to combat towards the specter of terrorism to protect our lifestyle. However whereas we had been stopping international terrorists from attacking us, home grown terrorists were organizing in our midst.
Our politics was not stuffed with virulent rancor as we now have at this time. Compromise was nonetheless doable between the 2 political events. Peddling lies and declaring faux information as actual information had not grow to be a central a part of the general public discourse.
Little did we all know that so many Individuals would settle for and fall sufferer to the lies which have rolled and continued to roll off the lips of leaders, and that the usage of distorted news from many media shops and voices would grow to be commonplace.
Additionally, wedged between the unity that occurred after 9/11 and the crippling divisiveness of at this time was the election of America’s first black president.
On the floor that was a ray of hope. Many noticed the election of President Barack Obama as America shifting right into a post-racial period.
Oh boy, had been we unsuitable.
Since Obama’s election in 2008, race relations have deteriorated and plenty of Individuals imagine that the good points remodeled a long time have been misplaced.
Though Obama was elected for a second time period, partisan politics in Congress worsened, with Republicans overtly expressing that their aim was to defeat no matter Obama proposed. Most instances, they succeeded.
In the meantime, all throughout America, extra disunity was brewing and gaining a foothold fueled by lies and conspiracy theories.
Pervasive among the many festering dissension is the pernicious battle and discord alongside racial strains, with birthers placing a nationwide face on the problem by claiming Obama was not born right here, in an try and make his black presidency illegitimate.
The election of Donald Trump grew to become the catalyst and embodiment of the other America — the silent America with many grievances, primarily alongside racial and financial strains. Throughout the Trump presidency the manifestations of “Them vs. Us” grew to become manifold whether or not grounded in fact or not.
For instance, the unfounded peddling of the idea that immigrants had been accountable disproportionately for rapes and the rise in crimes occurring in the US grew to become a mantra of which the vestiges have caught within the minds of many.
This spreading most cancers of discord has metastasized into different areas similar to how patriotism is outlined. Brandishing white supremacy, disrespecting the flag, undermining, and attacking the inspiration and establishments of our democratic type of authorities are more and more turning into the norm.
One other perennial divide is the persevering with debate about what constitutes good gun management measures vs. Second Modification rights. It has increased gun ownership amongst residents and criminals alike that’s unmatched by some other civilized nation on the earth, leading to greater charges of gun violence and gun deaths than some other civilized nation.
Presently, we live one of many biggest disagreements on a regular basis: How will we come collectively to cease the catastrophic prices of the COVID pandemic.
Individuals appear to be at odds about practically the whole lot.
The place have the values gone that when united us and gave us a standard sense of goal regardless of these social, financial and political areas that also want enchancment?
We appear to have forgotten that unity in goal might be achieved amid variations and imperfections. It happens in lots of facets of our every day lives.
Some would argue that the disunity that is so visible today has always been there, current simply past a façade of 1 America. That the US of America has by no means been a rustic of states that shared binding values and ideas, maybe besides after we had been at battle, and never at all times then.
In the present day, increasingly, it appears we now have solely been united superficially, symbolically. Deep down, one should ask do the vast majority of Individuals imagine in values that foster a standard humanity afforded all residents no matter race, faith, financial standing, gender, or age.
Extra so than ever, America appears to be like like a nation that’s shedding its identification and is struggling to outline its core values and a path ahead.
It is left up to us as Americans to uphold and stay these values that can change the course of disunity that we’re at the moment on.
However will we even know, anymore, what these values are, which most Individuals might agree upon at this time, that can bind us collectively as a nation?