Calls For Unity Are A Scam
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By Don Feder
January 24, 2017

       I'm glad 68 Democratic Congressmen (29% of the party's membership in the House) boycotted Trump's inauguration. Like the woman on a plane who had a meltdown when she encountered a Trump supporter, it underscored the absurdity of calls for unity.

       The left and its yapping-dog media have been running this scam for decades.

       When we win, we're lectured on the need to bring us together, heal the nation, reach across the aisle and other threadbare clichιs, while the other side throws temper tantrums, and engages in name-calling and die-hard obstructionism. When they win, we're told to respect democracy, while they ride roughshod over the political process.

       Obama's radical transformation of our health care passed without a single Republican vote in the House of Representatives – not one, not even the most servile RINO – and Democrats exalted, while their leader gloated. Where were the media calls for bipartisanship then?

       Two years into his wretched tenure, Obama told Republicans criticizing his economic policies to sit down and shut up. The GOP drove the economy into a ditch, said the man who achieved the lowest labor participation rate in almost 40 year. "We can't have special interests riding shotgun any more." Republicans "can come along for the ride, but they gotta sit back." Get to the back of the bus, boy.

       The last administration was the most divisive in our history – the least willing to negotiate or to listen to dissenting voices. Obama, who is arrogance personified, made no effort to reach out to the opposition, in or out of Congress. Since the 2012 election – when it looked like his party had finally achieved permanent minority status, and he knew he wouldn't have to face voters again – he ruled by executive diktat. The amnesty he knew he could never get from Congress, Obama enacted piecemeal (and illegally) by executive order.

       Now, President Trump, who won 306 electoral votes to his opponent's 232, and carried states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, that haven't gone Republican in a generation, is "illegitimate," according to the party that stole the 1960 election.

       In explaining his refusal to attend the inauguration, Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez told CNN it was because Trump continues to "spew hatred, bigotry and prejudice" – translation: promises to control the borders, protect this country from radical Islam and see to it that the laws are impartially enforced.

       The left claims Trump's election is in doubt, because Hillary won a majority of the popular vote, as if that means anything. Presidents are not, and never have been, elected by amassing the most votes nationally, but by the Electoral College. (See the Constitution: Article 2, Section 1 and the 12th Amendment.)

       Unity is a fraud.

       • How do you unite those who want to stop the tide of poverty, disease and criminality washing over our borders, with people who think our immigration laws are cruel and unjust, and everyone who wants to live here has a right to – those who want to build a wall and those who establish sanctuary cities?

       • How do you find common ground between those who believe in the Second Amendment and those who think the trigger pulls the finger?

       • How do you bring together those who want strict constructionists on the bench and those who think the Constitution is a giant piρata activists can whack until they get the rulings they want? Do we appoint judges who will read the Constitution as it was written on alternate days of the week, and do the bidding of The New York Times editorial page the rest of the time?

       • Where is the common ground between those who understand that terrorists are at war with America, and those who think it's all a misunderstanding (because Islam is the religion of peace, after all) and, if we close our eyes and wish hard enough, it will all go away?

       • How do you unite those who abide by the results of elections, and those who smash and burn when they lose?

       • How do you reach a compromise between those who want color-blind justice (and realize the cops have a tough job)  and those who view the police as homicidal racists?

       Unity is highly overrated. We accomplished the most when our nation was deeply divided. We weren't united during the American Revolution, when historians tell us that only one-third of the people supported independence, and the rest were Tories or just couldn't make up their minds.

       We were hopelessly divided in the decade leading up to the Civil War, when some supported national unity and others believed in states rights verging on autonomy. What's the compromise between slavery and freedom? The two sides were so far apart that they spent four years killing each other. The carnage was terrible. But out of it came the abolition of slavery and a new sense of national unity – we truly became the United States.

       For the first two years of the Second World War, a majority of Americans wanted to keep us out of "another European war," despite German and Japanese aggression, and the threat they posed to our security. If not for Pearl Harbor, Charles Lindbergh would have been addressing huge rallies while Berlin and Tokyo divided the world between them.

       Were we just one big, happy family during the Cold War (when one side said "Better Dead Than Red," while the other counseled patience in the face of Soviet missiles in Cuba), the Civil Rights era (when some were horrified by the sight of police dogs let loose against non-violent demonstrators and others weren't) or the Vietnam conflict (when some wore their country's uniform proudly, while others spat on returning soldiers)?

       The civil war we're now in grows more bloody by the hour. Either they will win or we will. It will not be a split decision. For Republicans who don't have the stomach for the fight ahead, stand aside.

       One side offers tax-funded abortions, gender indoctrination in the schools, turning America into a polyglot boarding house, ending free speech, a supine posture to radical Islam and the persecution of Christians. The other offers, sanity, morality, constitutionalism and respect for the outcome of elections.

       Trying to reconcile the two is like trying to make Cher seem rational.

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains a Facebook page.

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