The Consequences For Lack Of Unity


Posted: March 3, 2013 at 1:49 a.m.

Have you ever had an epiphany? You know, that instant acquisition of clarity on a problem that has plagued you for years. You can feel the answer, but can’t quite explain it, then with a flash the answer becomes crystal clear. You ask yourself, “How could I have been so stupid? The answer was so simple!” These are wonderful moments, and we’ve all had them to one degree or another. I had one this last Sunday.

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“How could I have been so stupid? The answer was so simple!” Canfield's Sunday school epiphany seems a bit overblown.

Is this the gist? That if only our politicians were less narcissistic and egocentric, less interested in seeking powerful position, less susceptible to being influenced by the lure filthy lucre, more like Jesus in mien and bearing, our political system would be more harmonious? Good grief.

Posted by: FrankLloydLeft

March 3, 2013 at 10:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Are unity and harmony necessarily such good things?

The Axis powers had a lot of both for a few decades, early in the last century. How'd that work out for the rest of us? Or for them, in the long run?

Well, it turns out it worked out well for them. The world only had to suffer the unfortunate consequence of I-don't-know-how-many-millions killed and a couple A-bombs being detonated. Now, the former Axis nations have, relatively speaking, more economic strength than do these United States.

And, it is all a result of unity and harmony - first displayed by the Germans and Japanese, then followed by that of the rest of the world in opposition.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

March 3, 2013 at 11:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Beyond all the platitudes and homilies listed here is the fact that political partisanship has become so extreme that our representative democracy is hardly viable..
Canfield, a conservative, doesn't want to note that Republicans especially Tea Party Republicans are about 90% responsible for this state of affairs. Or that it began with Newt Gingrinch's class of '94.

Posted by: Coralie

March 3, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Maybe Congress could turn into something like the Worldwide Wrestling Federation.
All the money their antics make could go to pay off the national debt, or rebuild infrastructure, or whatever.

Posted by: Coralie

March 5, 2013 at 7:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )