America: A Divided Country

Under other circumstances, the multiple crises we are going through in America should unite us, rather than divide us. Unfortunately, the opposite is true.

The coronavirus should have woken us up, making us understand that as humans we are equal, we have a common destiny, we live on the same planet.

The same is true with the economic crisis.

Tens of millions have lost their jobs. Another 1.9 million people filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total to 42.6 million from mid-March.

And still, we are not united.

Nor did the barbaric murder of George Floyd unite us.

Of course, there will always be different views on each issue, but what is happening, i.e., the hatred and discord between us, is taking us back not just decades (perhaps to the Nixon era) – but probably centuries.

Today we are witnessing an ongoing battle, an almost unprecedented one, into which even the country's Armed Forces were dragged.

How common is it for the country's Secretary of Defense to publicly disagree with the President on whether or not the armed forces have a role in controlling the protesters, even seeming to contradict the President?

Doesn't that say something? Doesn't it seem like the President's actions are being rebuked regardless of whether he is right or wrong? Is this good – and how far will it go?

The ‘grenade’ that General and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis hurled at the President last week with his statements in the Atlantic magazine seem to reflect the same spirit:

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime," he said, “who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

I don't know where this is heading, but it is clear that fewer and fewer of those who have a role in governing, publicly or in the background, are trusting Trump with the reins of the country.

And that leads us to conflict.


Many times I am troubled with the question, to what extent can a high-ranking official keep slipping without becoming unworthy of the position s/he holds? And what is the limit if this official is a high-ranking clergyman who, due to his position, is obliged to operate within stricter parameters? And to be more specific, can an Archbishop employ methods borrowed from the worst examples of politics and journalism without making himself unworthy of his position? Can he, in other words, throw out imaginary and baseless accusations to.

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