This year has been different. Much different. Actually, I would go as far to say; "This year has just been sad." I have watched people in my hometown squabble over roads, instead of coming together with a strong foundation. I have watched State level politicians take large sums from lobbyist and actually crow about it. Then, of course we all know what has happened on the National scene.
Throughout the Presidential election, I have watched as some people's friends became their foes. I have watched as some families discussions went to all time lows. Sadly, I watched as a Nation allowed their differences to come to blows.
Azar Nafisi, an Iranian born writer, who immigrated and became an American citizen, in 2008, said; "I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality."
We raise our children to believe in the "Golden Rule." Yet, we don't live by it.
We raise our children to know the awesome love of Jesus Christ. Yet, we don't exhibit it.
We say, "take the high road and don't get down in the mud with those slinging it..." Yet, we cheer when leaders get dirty, in front of us.
I hope each of you, reading this, will pause and think. Just for a moment. Don't think about this in terms of politics. Republican OR Democrat. Think of this in terms of humanity and each of us as Americans.
If we truly desire to "Make America Great Again", we need to reflect upon what was great about America. Civility. Respect. The ideal that, "All men are created equal."
If we can't agree - can't we at least be civil?