A visit to Haiti discloses a most disturbing scene — parents holding their crying children who are desperately hungry, yet these parents doing nothing to feed them. Of course, these parents are totally excused because they have no food; themselves seriously malnourished.
The parallel to this most disturbing but real human condition in Haiti is our political condition in the U.S. — elected politicians ignoring the crying needs of their constituents, persistently turning a deaf ear in order to concentrate their time and energy in the defamation of their opposing political party.
These elected officials refocus and redefine their political office to that of creating havoc for the opposing political party. In the meantime, we Americans, the electorate, have crying needs held in abeyance: roads, hospitals, schools, invaded boarders, health care and foreign wars — to identify some.
The great crime is, unlike Haitian parents who are not able to rescue their hungry children, our politicians are able to resolve the pain of us Americans; yet they defiantly choose to abandon their elected responsibilities. So preoccupied and obsessed to be politically dominate (winning elections), our elected representatives (our Congress) have become a destructive disservice to America. “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” are words written by one of our founding Fathers, John Dickerson, in his Liberty Song of 1768 — adopted as motto by Kentucky’s first governor Isaac Shelby. Would that all of us Americans could sincerely sing this song together. Since the Civil War never has America and its citizens been so divided.
Having strong emotional and political feeling demonstrates real caring and commitment to our country. However, pervasive bigotry and bias fuels hatred between our political parties; therein challenging the other party’s free elected plans, policies and personnel (especially that of Chief Executive). Such militancy foils the two-party system that has proven so successful over the past 244 years.
This turmoil that gravely quagmires America today, confirms the imperfection of our two-party democratic government, but perhaps even as much the imperfection of you and me if we be supporting our political party’s venomous bias.
Our American political divide is so emotionally inflamed that currently most Americans are hesitant to disclose their political party affiliation. Even friends and relatives find themselves cautiously concealing their political allegiance. We Americans need to be liberated from this divisive lock of horns; awakening our required unity for defending and practicing the marvels of our democracy.