In 2010 I wrote A GAP TOO WIDE AND TOO DEEP TO BRIDGE. In that post I quoted from Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville. Why? In the first part of the 1830’s Tocqueville, a French aristocrat, rode around America for two years on horseback. Then he wrote down his observations and published a two-volume work. Tocqueville‘s observations included the deepening divisions between the North from the South. Tocqueville feared eventual conflict. Because it seems timely, here we will revisit the subject of that old post.
I think it matters not so much who you vote for today but why. If your higher motivation is hate and fear of the other side as opposed to what yours has to offer, than I’d argue you are missing the boat on the spirit of American small r republicanism. (continued here)
As they usually do, ‘s post initiated a spirited discussion. During that discussion provided a link to The Issues That Tore Us Apart by Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson’s article is today’s version of what Tocqueville wrote almost two centuries ago about the divisions between the North and the South. What is different? We find it more difficult to pin down exactly what divides us. In 1861 the North and the South disagreed about slavery. What do we disagree about today? Here is what I observed.
Citizen Tom says:
Are we divided over the virtues of American small r republicanism? Liberal Democrats call Conservatives misguided. Many will point to another cause for our divisions, selfishness. To that all I can say is that being in the majority does not give us the right to rule — to enslave –another person. Otherwise, we do not own ourselves. Our government owns us.
Anyway, please visit Tricia‘s post, Get Out the Vote. Consider what she wrote and the comments her post elicited. In addition, study The Issues That Tore Us Apart by Victor Davis Hanson. Can you glean from Hanson’s article what it is that he thinks divides us? Then consider what means by the spirit of American small r republicanism. Is the spirit of American small r republicanism the path to peace or an excuse for civil war. Is the spirit of American small r republicanism based upon the teachings of Jesus or just plain human selfishness. Is the spirit of American small r republicanism worth discarding or should we preserve and protect it?