How did this happen? How do we fix it?
Earlier today, I wrote in Around the Block:
“So, after four years of Trump’s incompetence and lying, after nine months of a badly handled federal response to a pandemic that has killed over 225,000 Americans, after a presidential term that has lowered America’s standing among nations, what we’ve learned is that nothing has changed.”
Yvonne Abraham says the same thing, in a slightly different way, in her column, “How Do We Fix This?” in today’s Boston Globe:
“We aren’t really one America, but two. Remarkably, about half of the voters in this country lived through these last four ugly, miserable, destructive years and said, ‘Yes please, give me more of that.’”
Abraham concludes her essay with this lament,
“Watching the massive voting lines over the last couple of weeks, and the piles of ballots arriving by mail, it was tempting to think that, in spite of himself, Trump had unified Americans at last. It was easy to wish that what we were seeing was this country remembering its values, and recoiling from him.We now know what it really meant: We’re more vehemently, and dangerously, divided than ever.”
While I ended this way,
“One thing is certain however – we live in a deeply divided country; a country that is out of sorts; a country that I don’t see healing anytime soon. I wonder. Is there something I’m missing? Is there something I don’t get? Am I the crazy one?”
How did this happen to this country, this “Shining City on a Hill?” And, how do we fix it?