No more ‘di­vided’ than usual

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - MICHAEL ABRAMSON At­lanta

The re­frain that Amer­ica is more di­vided than ever is both un­sub­stan­ti­ated and dan­ger­ous. Many in the me­dia and some politi­cians have put for­ward this propo­si­tion (likely in the hopes of tar­nish­ing Pres­i­dent Trump), but they have not pro­vided any ev­i­dence.

Amer­ica has al­ways been di­vided be­tween the two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties, and the los­ing party and its vot­ers reg­u­larly com­plain about and chal­lenge the win­ning party’s poli­cies. This de­bate gives Amer­ica’s gov­ern­ment and democ­racy their strength. In 2018, op­po­si­tion to Pres­i­dent Trump may be louder than chal­lenges to pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents. This level of noise, how­ever, is not ev­i­dence of the coun­try’s mood, es­pe­cially when one fac­tors in its sources (paid and un­paid protesters, bi­ased me­dia mem­bers and Demo­cratic law­mak­ers frus­trated at be­ing the mi­nor­ity party). If Amer­ica were to be­come di­vided, qual­ity of life, ci­vil­ity and Amer­i­can progress would suf­fer.

To pre­vent the fic­tion of na­tional dis­unity from be­com­ing more ac­cepted, the me­dia and politi­cians need to stop ped­dling this un­ver­i­fied claim. Repub­li­cans in par­tic­u­lar must chal­lenge the op­po­si­tion’s myth of divi­sion in Amer­ica and fo­cus on the em­pir­i­cal ev­i­dence. They should also be cheer­lead­ers for Amer­ica, cel­e­brate the suc­cesses of the past two years and sup­port Pres­i­dent Trump.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.