United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Fri, 2017-06-23

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer 

Yesterday, the country was stunned by the violent attack on members of the US House of Representatives who were practicing for this week’s charity baseball game, a tradition dating back to the early 1900’s. It brought Washington up short, and there was more discussion of unity and family then we have heard in a long time.

Speaker Paul Ryan took to the House floor to remind us that we are “one family”, and President Trump noted that “everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country.” Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) put it best when he noted that “We have an R or a D by our name, but our title is United States representative.”

America cannot continue to mourn one day and be back attacking each other the next. It isn’t good for the country and only serves to deepen the divisions that we have let grow and flourish.