America should transcend tribalistic tendencies
Pat Buchanan’s column, “Peoples, nations fighting commands of democracy” (Opinion, Aug. 3) misses an opportunity to speak with clarity about one of today’s major issues: tribalism. Tribalism is as old as the human race. Since we declared our independence in 1776, America has defined itself by an ideal – a proposition – that all people are created equal. We have struggled since then to move to our unrealized ideal of equality. Lincoln reminded us of our anti-tribalistic idealism: “Conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” No doubt we have tried tribalistically to impose our ideal on the world. Think Woodrow Wilson and George W Bush. Buchanan muddies the waters by drifting off into comments on culture wars. America is challenged as perhaps never before to exemplify its transcendence of tribalism. If we are exceptional, now is the time for demonstration.
JOSEPH D. HERRING, JOHNS CREEK