United We Stand … Divided We Fail … um, Fall
Our country’s founders wisely and wholeheartedly believed “united we stand, divided we fall.” Hence “The United States.” Though they certainly had their differences of opinion, they knew that together they could accomplish more, than each alone.
Never more poignant than today, after a shooting attack on Republican Congressional leaders and their aides. Did you listen to the sentiments of both sides of the Congressional aisle as they addressed the aftermath?
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.) said, “We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. …. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D.) said the shooting “is an injury in the family”; adding, “we will use this occasion as one that brings us together, not separates us further.”
UNITIVE (yōōʹnɘ tiv) adj. – 1) having or characterized by unity; 2) tending to unite. [WW #116]
For far too long our Congressional parties have been divided not only in seating arrangements and viewpoints, but in their forgotten oaths to their constituents to work in a unitive manner for the common good.
We should be a UNITED country. But we are not … because ANY leader, be they president, congressperson, mayor, or manager of a ball team … needs to lead by example. Congress’s example, especially for the past fifty years, has been anything but unitive.
Now, if the alienated body that is Congress, which is supposed to be working for ALL of us, will take Ryan and Pelosi’s words to heart and move forward TOGETHER for the good of our country, today’s events will hold unitive meaning for an otherwise senseless act.
And it is OUR duty, as citizens of this UNITED States, to accept our leaders’ actions, or take LAWFUL means to remove, revise, or terminate them. That is unitive democracy.
Let peace and unity reign this coming Independence Day … and beyond.
Word Challenge: UNITIVE. Though we are individuals of diversity, we MUST work in unitive steps for The United States, or our reign will end as surely as that of the Western Roman Empire. Think of related parts as a whole, as you fit unitive into this week’s reflective writings.
Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)
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