Home » OPINION » Columns » CRAWFORD: One nation, indivisible, falling apart

CRAWFORD: One nation, indivisible, falling apart

In between bleeding heart liberals and heartless conservatives abide ordinary Americans with heartfelt concerns about the future of our country. Those of us with deep roots — I am a Mayflower descendant — shudder at the rise of divisive politics and the decline of historic ideals that unite us.

In between Memorial Day, when we as a nation remember and celebrate those who died for our freedom, and Independence Day, when we as a nation remember and celebrate the freedoms they died for, we should remember our roots and ponder if the divided nation we are becoming is something to celebrate.

constitutionLet us remember.

“We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor,” reads the last line of the Declaration of Independence.

People who “mutually pledge” lives, fortunes, and honor do not spend fortunes and countless hours denouncing, deriding, and disrespecting each other. Their efforts focus on coming together, not driving apart. They respectfully seek common ground, not relentlessly pursue groundless battles.

In 1892 Baptist minister Francis Bellamy recaptured the concept stated in the Declaration in fewer words easier for children to recite. We now call this our Pledge of Allegiance.

“The time was ripe for a reawakening of simple Americanism,” Bellamy said of his choice of words “one nation indivisible” (the words “under God” were added later).

“One nation indivisible” does not allow itself to be torn apart from within. It sustains ties, mends frays, and forges new bonds. It makes diversity a strength and consensus its goal.

If, as it seems, our political leaders are interminably trapped in divisive politics that weaken us as a nation and a free people, where do we turn for help?

Our founders put the answer right at the front of our Constitution, “We the People.”

We tolerate divisive politics, or we do not. We allow it to continue or we stop it.

We find common ground and stand united, or we fall apart.

The complete Preamble to the Constitution provides perspective:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Our founders said we must do all this in a mutually agreeable way. The dividers want to leave out or greatly weaken some parts.

How do we stop them?

Tell our elected leaders we expect them to seek agreement, find common ground. And we won’t tolerate messages attacking the other side. There is no other side. America is indivisible.

Tell them we only want messages about their efforts to find common ground.

Bill Crawford (crawfolk@gmail.com) is a syndicated columnist from Meridian.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Bill Crawford

Leave a Reply