America Is Too Divided

The melting pot concept which used to be viewed as our strength — makes us weak in the time of coronavirus

Because we cannot unite

We are unable to pull the best of us together.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” — President Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln was referring to the slave trade. The nation had to make a choice, he went on to say. It must be all slavery or none. He was a plain speaker back then on June 16th, 1858.

Our country went about it the hard way. 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War which commenced from Apr 12th, 1861 to April 9th, 1865. The Southern States fought to the death to preserve their right to own other human beings and lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the process. Some have tried to assert that “states rights” was the high priority, especially since decades have passed - giving modern civilization time to recognize that perhaps slavery might not have been the hill to die on.

But slavery was the hill they died on.

From Mississippi:

“These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun.”

and

“These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.”

States rights? Not even close.

Race is still an issue in the year 2020

Santee, California is a lovely town. It’s big enough to have the major stores (Costco, Barnes & Noble, Bed, Bath & Beyond) that make shopping easy, yet small enough so that it has an “Our Town” feel. There are mountains and canyons on the west side that look gorgeous whether brown (dry) or wet (green).

During regular times, this is the store I go to when I leave my office to pick up popcorn, cola (a great but unhealthy combination), and healthy avocados. Everyone seems to be very friendly and nice. And then a colleague of mine informed me that the town used to be nicknamed “Klantee.” It still has problems (or the KKK needs attention) in the area of racism. It’s not alone. During “stay at home” protests at the state capitol of Lansing, Michigan, the racist “Proud Boys” and “Nazis” showed up in force. Some of them even carried confederate flags.

“Some of the outrageousnesses of what happened in our Capitol this week depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country,” -Michigan Governor Whitmer

Maybe a history lesson is in order. Michigan fought on the Union side, not the Confederate. When asked to send one regiment to fight for the North, Michigan sent seven. What does this have to do with wanting to reopen the economy?

Medical and scientific rules, designed to save lives, have become the reason to protest. There are two sides to a story, of course. People do have to work. It’s devastating when you don’t have money or resources. Mortgages, automotive payments, food, and utilities have to be paid. Even so, there are so many contradictions. The CDC made recommendations, and the President endorsed the deciding factors to determine when states were to end their lockdowns. But the protests to go back to work instead sank into nothing more than screeching Trump rallies, rounded out by Nazis, and surrounded by automatic rifle carrying White Nationalists with confederate and Nazi flags…and then the President tweeted…#Liberate!

Liberate what? One’s ignorance?

What does this have to do with wanting to reopen the economy?

No one knows.

The point remains, however, that no matter the argument, or the plea, or the cries for unity — race in America somehow enters the equation. And after that, it cannot move any further…

There are even more separations within our society.

Damn it! We can’t unite to save our lives.

Stay at home rules and facemask requirements arouse anger

Unfortunately, medical precautions have become intertwined with politics.

Stay at home rules negatively affect your livelihood. That is understandable.

If you wear a facemask? You’re afraid and weak. “You sure you want to leave the house?”

If you don’t wear a facemask? “Give me liberty or give me death!” Guess which one is on offer…

It’s kind of like this; If you jump off a cliff, you may or may not live. But no one calls you a weakling if you don’t jump. We call that “smart.”

We don’t want to be judgemental about facemasks. The best description I heard was from Governor Cuomo:

“You wear the mask not for yourself, you wear the mask for me. It’s a sign of respect to other people.”

What’s offensive about that?

We are so divided in a racial manner to the point that thousands will probably die needlessly. Because we are so concerned about Blacks, Jews, dark immigrants (you know we’re not talking about Norwegians right? As if!), and foreigners taking over the country we fail to implement benefits for all.

We also seem to exhibit a lack of empathy for other Americans (because we do not all look the same) and so we appear to be ready to accept deadly results for every culture and race.

That is the only reason to explain how 2,909 Americans died in one 24 hour period on May 1st and…oh? Did you hear about it? Word arrived today that says that we can expect daily reports of 3,000 dead every day by June. Even more sadly, it was mentioned today that the average person we lost…was gone ten years too early.

We are reopening America.

The dead of June is being generated…today.

It takes exposure to the coronavirus one week to generate, another to develop symptoms (if they appear) and then one to go into the hospital (if needed) and then one more for the door. The door, that is, out of the hospital or the door to the funeral home.

Did I scare you? I hope to God that I do.

We can acknowledge, honestly, that we’ve heard more of the wailing and gnashing of teeth with the cancellation of the 2020 NFL season.

And haircuts.

There is so much hate and injustice

There are a plethora of resentments…towards immigrants (legal and illegal), old people, the disabled, Bill Gates, China, the rich, the poor, diabetics, people with cancer, and more. There is a conspiracy among lies sprinkled with injustice and then married to even more conspiracies, most of which don’t even make sense. Is this what it looks like to see a society began to fall?

A virus is attacking the world, and the fighting within us is causing us to present a weak defense.

“The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” — Joshua Lederberg, Ph.D Nobel laureate

I want to live. I want everyone to live life abundantly.

What may be the issue is this

Our melting pot never melted. And so we are weaker than we should be…

It may have never happened before, all through the Revolutionary War which was to have bound us together, the Civil War which wretched us disastrously apart-but forced us back together again, World Wars I and II, both of which tore the world into bits and pieces…

We are made up of cultures so diverse and foreign. It causes misunderstandings.

But this melting, this merging, this melding; the union of peoples who I assume want to live the full measure of their lives?

If we’ve never done it before, we have to do it now.

Writer and Observer: Injustice, History, Family, Love, and Politics. Electrical Engineer. Completing First Historical Fiction Novel.

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