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What Needs to be Done to Unite the Country?

After what was a divisive election by all estimates, the country now has to heal. It also needs to move forward. So what can be done to achieve this?

After billions of dollars and almost two years of constant campaigning, there's very little difference in Washington. The Presidency, the House and the Senate remain as they have been since 2010. Despite all the rhetoric, no one party was given any overwhelming mandate by the voters. They are still each blaming the other side for the gridlock and the gridlock remains. 

So where do we go from here? How do we come together? 

What do you think our elected officials need to do to unite the country? What do we as individuals need to do to learn tolerance of each others views?

Nan E Puckett November 15, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Thank you, Racer X--years ago, I lived in the once great city, Detroit--it was pre-civil rights, yet our next-door neighbors were black, many of my classmates, as well as teachers, were as well. We all spoke the same language, no 'ghetto or rap speak', & cherished the same values. We babysat each other's children, chatted over the backyard fence, they enjoyed our 'southern' cooking & we their 'yankee' fare. Some time ago, I was telling my husband about how race was never an issue & commented that I was embarrassed to say so, but that our black friends behaved 'white'--he quickly corrected me & said, 'No, they behaved American' & he was absolutely right. No race-baiting politician had come along to preach 'separation' aided by a willing media. It's a travesty that these groups are daily encouraged to BE separate--they're discouraged from adopting the American ethic that is (no, WAS), the impetus that made us the greatest nation in history--that of independence, self-reliance, responsiblity for family--those values that stand the test of time. How very sad it is to see a vast number of folks scammed into lives of dependency, lives that will never rise out of that dependency & know the joy & satisfaction of a life unencumbered by an 'I'm owed & I can't make it on my own' mentality...
Chris November 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM
thcooper69, 3.4 BILLION? That would be 3,400,000,000. What does "Thay" mean? It's no wonder Mexicans are getting American jobs. At least they weren't educated in American Government schools. Even our government schools teach speeling that doesn't include "Thay".
Racer X November 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Chris- You lost me there at the end. What is speeling?
Racer X November 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Tammy- Spot on, as usual. The 70% of us in the middle, who can get along, are divided by the 15% on the far left and the 15% on the far right. It's big business and it's all about money.
Good Grief Y'all November 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM
When our elected officials step before a microphone and camera, they should act like statesmen. They should be respectful of the President, the cabinet, their fellow Congressional members, and speak to the American people with honesty. They should set a good example for all the people. The hate talk and base-baiting rhetoric is bad enough in campaigning, and for sure doesn't help pull the country together to reconcile differences once they're elected. Leave that game on the field. Maybe the main problem is that they're always campaigning - looking to the next election instead of the work they need to do now. If they don't respect each other publicly, how can they respect each other privately and work on the nation's problems together? And not just the problems, also the good ideas to implement. Ditto for individuals, and stop repeating the bumper sticker slogans - we've all heard them or seen them, so they're not new and don't solve anything. We as individual American citizens have a responsibility to be informed voters, to do our own study and research the issues through credible, fact-based sources.

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