Do we Americans have problems? Yes many. Can we define the problems individually? No, too many of them overlap. What’s the cause of the overlap?

The overlap is the federal vs. state, local vs. groups, citizen vs. illegal immigrant, and the lawyers that represent each side of every issue.

By simply being attentive to the talking heads in the media it would become obvious that the systemic problem is the overlapping of conclusions by different segments of society on almost every matter needing the attention of the federal government.

And if you take an individual problem (abortion, immigration, citizenship on census, reparations, white supremacy) you will find a pro group and a con group with a contradictory conclusion.

Congress and society are ready to cut each other’s throats on abortion, slavery reparation, legal immigration, Fourth of July celebrations, historic murals and statues, the flag, the anthem and everything else. This is such a horrendous problem, and it’s doubtful that, as stated in the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, we can ever put Humpty back together again. For those who don’t know who Humpty was, Google it.

About the only good place to start is in Congress. There, we could improve upon every senator and representative a new pledge. Something along these lines: I (name) swear to always do what’s in the best interest of collective citizens of the United States of America and, secondly, as the representative of the (my state) do what is best for the citizens of my state and will not lend my office to promote any individual or group agenda, so help me God.

I could go into some details and make comparisons as a judge, but each of those wind up being fodder for arguments and comments. Instead, let us just dwell on the systemic moral and ethical problems that have been created and are causing fragmentation of our society. In some form or fashion, we must reinforce the collective America. E pluribus unum will make America great again.

Vote wisely.

David Hardee lives in Bayou Vista.


(11) comments

Bailey Jones

I'm sure everyone in congress would jump at the chance to pledge to "do what is best for the citizens of my state", with their hand on the Bible and 50 flags waving in the background. But serving the people can't happen when politicians owe their election - and more importantly, their re-election - to cash from people and corporate interests who don't live in their state or district, and untraceable dark money from who knows where. For all the intractable issues that divide us (is there really a pro-side to white supremacy, really?) this is the one thing that we can all agree on and begin to build some consensus - we must return the power of the ballet to the people directly represented by the office holder. Who's with me?

Steve Fouga

I'm with you. On everything but the ballet. [smile]

Bailey Jones


Charles Douglas

The theme of Mr. Hardee's Op-ed is All IS ONE. That being said, statements of division concerning White Supremacy, Greed, Self Consciousness concerning the color of a man, Ill-advised charges of racism every time you turnaround by politicians, Selfishness and Covetous behavior will have to be addressed before America can trully be great again. I happen to agree with you on returning the ballot back to the people though. I'M with on that and building a consensus. Those are two things we really need but I'M concerned that we will never have them UNLESS we acquire term limits in Congress and get rid of the many sef-serving politicians and powerful lobbying systems in place now!

Carl Hungus

I'll get right to the point since the article had some ambiguity and signals of trump humping. Once Trump is gone America will be together and great again.

Carlos Ponce

Not really, Mike Vitko. The United States has never been "united" and that will continue as long as free speech is a tenet. When the United States was attacked on December 7, 1942 and September 11, 2001 you would think there would be unity - but there was dissension. At this country's inception roughly one-third was for independence, one-third against and one-third didn't care either way.Greatest lack of unity was before during and after the Civil War. You're naive if you think whoever takes the reigns in January 2025 will unify the country. Wait and see.

Bailey Jones

I don't think America has ever been "together", at least not since WW2. The most we can hope for is to find some common cause that we can work on together. (Hopefully not WW3.)

Randy Chapman

After 2024 it will have been proven that conservativism is the way to prosperity for all. Just hang in there a little longer, and you too will eventually come around to correct thinking. I know it's hard, but it will get easier. At some point, you will tire of cutting off your nose to spite your face, as it hurts. Right now, I understand that the pain of not having a progressive in charge is still all too real to you and those that think like you. If you need further immediate help with these issues, please feel free to return here for some calming words of advice and group hugs.

Michael Jozwiak

Actually the present motto of the United States is "In Greed We Trust." Shameful.

Carlos Ponce

Sorry Michael, your statement is FALSE. It may be your personal motto but not that of the United States.

Dan Freeman

The Sedition Act of 1798 criminalized making false statements that were critical of the federal government. It was allowed to expire in 1800 after the prosecution of prosecution and conviction of many Jeffersonian newspaper owners who disagreed with the government. Interestingly, the right of judicial review was not established until 1803, so the constitutionality of the act was never tested.

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