Can Americans be united/ work together? If so, how?
This country is more divided than it has been since the U.S. Civil War from 1861-1865. I think it would be difficult to impossible to argue that this is a good thing. There are many people among us who would like to see Americans be more united and work together for those thing we want and need (and you know my bias- I would hope for the good of the planet as well).
I've already post a graph elsewhere that shows show how Congress used to work together across the isle to get things done. That working together has become increasingly less and less common to the point of being almost non-existent. There are groups who would like to see us work together again (RepresentUs is a prime example) and even the occasional politician or political candidate emphasizes this desire (Andrew Yang is an excellent example).
So my question is, can we be more united and work together better again? If so, how?
An incident occurred at the bookstore yesterday that got me to thinking about this. We had a customer who was looking for any books we had published by a certain press. In the process of gathering them together and packaging them up to ship (he was visiting from out of state) we had plenty of time to talk and get to know each other a bit. As it turns out, this man has a major position in a department under in the Trump administration and was hired by the president (I won't say who he is or what his position is as that is not relevant here, but I will say he is not war related and not likely at all anyone you would know of). He was also a very personable man and it was a pleasure talking with him about his former work, about books, about organizing a library, pretty much anything but politics. And I'm guessing he could figure out I'm not a Trump kind of guy (and you all sure as heck know that!) by my MATH. pin, but none of that mattered because we were working together packing the books he purchased and having a friendly conversation. As he left, we should hands and he said, "Thank you, keep in touch." Cool!
I think we can work together. We all want basically the same things and if you don't get it together, we will all lose.
That's my 200 cents. Yours?
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