We all know the climate in our country did not change with the election. Now instead of one side bashing Bush while the other side tried to defend him we just reversed roles.
I don't think this loyalty is to a party or even a set of principles. I think it is merely the desire many of us have to be right, to feel superior, and seemingly at any cost. Too many of us have jumped on partisanship as a cause and we now feed off the adrenaline rush it creates. Without all the emotions running wild what would we have? Boring Civil discussions that would actually produce agreeable solutions? How terrible would that be!
Instead of thinking "right wing nut", "left wing loon", ect we would have to consider the other persons opinion and the possibility we may each be right on certain things! Oh dear, that may mean we could find common ground on basic things and see that as Americans we actually agree on more things then we disagree on. We may find that most of us cherish the basic principles our founders also agreed on.
So, how do we move past this lack of temperance and humility in our society? My suggestion is simple. We quit reacting purely on emotion and feeding the adrenaline rush. Instead we do what our founding fathers had to do. We don't depend on a king and we decide we are not willing to be subjects to a finite power. We decide that freedom to live without interference from a Government allows for the truest pursuit of happiness; for all people.
We decide we are no longer blindly loyal to a party, a politician or even a movement. We are loyal to our faith, our family, our friends, our principles and our freedoms! Because those things are what make America what she is.
No politician or Government power made America "We the People" created her. It was our blood, our sweat, our tears and our understanding of duty that created her and continues to maintain her. This is why each of us our given the right and responsibility in this country to feed, clothe, house, and work for ourselves. Doing so ensures we are able to think how we wish, worship or not worship as we wish, and be free to pursue the things that matter to us in our lives. Each of us has an understanding only these types of lessons can teach. Because we have all been given the freedom to fail and to succeed. This breeds the compassion that we show one another in bad times.
As Americans we realized an important truth long ago. Governments do not have any rights to give; they only have the ability to limit rights or protect them! Our challenge is to decide which we really want. Then decide if we are willing to come back together as a people in order to ensure this experiment of our nation continues to thrive for it's people or for it's Government!