Last week I talked about how divided we are as a nation. That is the conclusion of David French in his book, Divided We Fall. I have been struck by the number of other commentators who have been making the same point.
In one of his opening monologues, Tucker Carlson admitted that “you may have nothing in common with people on the other side of the country, but you’re stuck with them.” He dismissed the idea that “groups of Americans will break off into separate, peaceful nations of like-minded citizens.” After all, there is no such thing as a peaceful separation.
Scott Morefield starts his column by noting there are some things all of us can agree on. “Murder and rape are bad; love and kindness are good.” But then he quickly moves to all of the things the left and right can’t seem to agree on. “Things like liberty, taxation, varying degrees of wokeness, critical race theory, free speech, abortion, self-defense, immigration, the Second Amendment.”
Is there a solution to all of this? Is this country headed to a “two-state” solution? Some use that phrase to describe what might be possible in Israel with the Palestinians. Most of us know it will never work there. It really isn’t possible here either.
As I have discussed on radio, even if you thought this would work, how would you divide America? We don’t exactly have a Mason-Dixon line. The blue states are generally on the coasts, with red states in the center of the country. Even red states have blue cities, and blue states often have vast red sections.
Although we are a divided nation, we are tied to one another. Tucker Carlson said we are “inseparably intertwined” and like “conjoined twins.”
Let’s face it. Separation isn’t an option, even if we are a divided nation. These wise commentators are reminding us that we need each other.