When we were attacked on 9/11, partisanship went out the window for a short while. The politicians were caught off guard. They didn't know what to do so they got together and sung "God Bless America" on the Capital Steps. It was a good beginning. It showed unity.
A cynic could say they were a bunch of unprepared and clueless idiots who let the country slip farther and farther away as they pursued partisan objectives. The unimportance of their petty, political objectives became so apparent when images of the World Trade Center coming down and the Pentagon being breached and Flight 93 being crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside played over and over in our press in the days and months that followed.
On 9/11, we were all just "Americans". Countries all over the world said they were "Americans" too. Do you remember any of this? Has it faded into obscurity? Has the significance of it gotten lost in the last political campaign?
If you forgot you were an American first, and bought into the hateful agenda of those who preach "America First", shame on you. Our country is again under assault and we need to stand united.
We have always been able to rise to external threats and acquit ourselves honorably and valiantly. We won our independence. We produced "The Greatest Generation". We stood with and by our allies during two World Wars.
At home, we've had problems. We killed each other in a long, brutal Civil War and laid waste to our own communities. We have fought over civil rights, racial equality and war policy. Yet, we always managed to survive our differences, pull together and continue.
The current occupant of the White House is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. He ran as a Republican, but, truth be told, he hijacked the Republican Party nomination. Sadly the Republicans embraced him after the election. They are blinded by the idea of power. They are deluding themselves into believing they can control this president.
The president is attacking America on several fronts. He is denigrating the news media. He does not want us to believe what he is doing as reported daily in print, on TV and radio, and on the internet. He is denigrating our judiciary. He wants us to see the judiciary as obstructionists and usurpers. He is denigrating our legislature. He wants us to see them only as corrupt and incompetent.
At the Republican Convention Trump said, "I am your voice." In reference to our problems he said, "I alone can fix it. I will restore law and order."
Louis IV said, "I am the state." Hitler said, "The streets of our country are in turmoil. The universities are filled with students rebelling and rioting. Communists are seeking to destroy our country. Russia is threatening us with her might and the Republic is in danger. Yes, danger from within and from without. We need law and order. Yes, without law and order our nation cannot survive. Elect us and we shall restore law and order."
Simply replace Hitler's "Communists" with "Muslims" and his reference to "Russia" with "Syria and other Muslim nations" and you hear Trump.
If you listen to Bannon, Conway, Spicer and Miller repeatedly telling us that we must be loyal to Trump and follow him without question you are going down the path of madness and political suicide. The Administrative Branch of our government must be loyal to America and function according to our Constitution.
There is no place in America for a king or a dictator. Our press is vital to our liberty. Our judiciary protects us from those who would defy our Constitution. Our legislature represents us.
If you tear down our press, our judiciary and our Legislative Branch, what's left, Putin's Russia?