"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."Now that Barack Obama doesn't have to call the movers, I thought I'd reach way back into history for a slice of perspective. As a Canadian who greatly admires our neighbor to the south, it saddens me that the political discourse has become so rancorous. The nastiness that pervades virtually every aspect of the American political process betrays a country so deeply divided that it's hard to see either polarized side ever recognizing the legitimacy of the other.
It was almost painful to watch the idiocy and bias - the kind of stuff that would have gotten me kicked out of j-school - spewing out of my television, and the personal battles raging in social media, where hardly an hour went by when someone didn't unfriend, unfollow or even block someone else because they strayed into a political minefield. How did we get here? More importantly, how do we get back?
It may be un-Canadian of me to say this, but I'll say it anyway: You're all citizens of the same, once-and-future-great country, folks. With the election now behind us (because, yes, it affects more than just Americans), I hope more of you will start acting like it.
Your turn: Thoughts?