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"The United States of America!"

Doesn't saying it just make your heart leap for joy?

I start hearing the national anthem play in my head, see the rockets red glare bursting in air, the American flag waving majestically over the capital skyline.

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But I started wondering the other day: What exactly does the 'united' stand for? What exactly during these contentious, deeply divisive, tragically troubled times does it mean?

'United' would seem to imply Unity. Agreement. Fellowship. Consensus. Harmony.

Does that sound like contemporary America to you?

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Here are some big questions . . .

Are we united by a sense of national purpose?

Are we united by a belief in our destiny and place in history?

Are we united by confidence in our superiority?

Are we united in our belief in American exceptionalism?

Are we united in our desire for empire?

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Are we united by a love for our fellow Americans?

Are we united by our patriotism and sense of duty?

Or . . . are we united by our indifference?

Are we united by our faith in the American Dream?

Or . . . are we united by our pessimism?

Our cynicism?

How about some systemic issues . . .

Are we united in our faith in capitalism?

Are we united in the trust of our government?

Are we united in our belief in American democracy?

Are we united by a trust in God?

A system of shared values?

An ethos?

Are we united by our sense of self-determination?

Or . . . are we united by our sense of helplessness?

Our vulnerability and fatalism?

Our surrender?

How about some very specific issues . . .

Are we united in our love of guns?

Are we united by our freedom of speech?

Are we united by our disdain for socialism?

Are we united by the War on Terror?

Are we united by our hatred of Muslims?

Then there's the psychological component . . .

Are we united by love?

Or . . . are we united by hate?

Are we united by courage?

Bravado?

Self-respect?

Or . . . are we united by fear?

Are we united by our optimism?

Or . . . are we united by our despair?

Our desperation?

Our doubt?

Here I believe is a really important question: Where does the rugged individualism which we see as the hallmark of a true American fit in?

How can we be united if we each have our own priorities and agenda?

Maybe we're not united at all.

Maybe it's all an illusion.

Maybe the United States of America is more like United Airlines, or United Van Lines. Catchy name but it doesn't really allude to any real or even imagined unity.

And speaking of huge corporations, maybe we are united as customers, shareholders and employees of the vast corporations which seem to run everything these days. We are the biologic modules of a sprawling corporate Gaia, united in our service to interlocking clusters of entrepreneurial entities.

Less abstract and more the stuff of day-to-day living . . .

Are we united by the automobile?

Are we united by television?

Are we united by smart phones?

Are we united by the internet?

Holiday sales?

Shopping?

Football?

Which makes me wonder . . .

Maybe we're just a bunch of lonely people who need to feel like we belong to something.

Or maybe not.

 

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What does the 'united' in United States of America now stand for? What exactly during these contentious, deeply divisive, tragically troubled times does it mean? Were we ever united? Or is it just more boilerplate mythology that allows us to hide from the real truth? Can we ever rise above the conflict, confrontation, divisiveness, the 'us' (we the conquerors) vs. 'them' (slaves, Native Americans) world view, that was and still is the historical foundation for our national unity?

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Obviously, large segments of the US public are both united and disunited, in ways almost too numerous to mention. This has probably ALWAYS been the case, though there were times--like when fighting the Nazis--that national unity encompassed a great majority.

What seems more relevant than the question of WHETHER we're united--which seems to imply some mythical moment of unity which probably never existed--the really important question is what we now need to DO. In other words, what we should TRY to unite as many US citizens as possible around.

In my own current OEN article I make a suggestion--which unfortunately must proceed by stages and initially involves a youthful vanguard--to put the totally rational but outside-the-box idea of impeaching Trump for his worse-than-criminal climate policy on the table. NOT, of course, a ready source of unity, but a more morally justified, rational one is hard to conceive.

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Indeed ... it is indisputable that there is no more morally justified and rational, shall we say "higher" purpose, in both the history of the U.S. and the entire socio-cultural-philosophical foundation of the West, than impeaching Trump using the reasoning you've offered in your article. It is just another in a long series of highly admirable, completely original ideas you've come up with over the years.

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Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau; Mock on, mock on; 'tis all in vain! You throw the sand against the wind, And the wind blows it back again.

Apparently my genius, however formidable, does not bear the solitary burden, as your mockery suggests, of promoting an important, timely idea. At least two writers in widely read, respectable publications have independently arrived at the same views on Trump's impeachment over climate, See here and here. As shallower types mock, some of us lead in establishing a new "climate of opinion."

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Well, future New New England is united that the great spirits up above love the New England Patriots for they have been to the Super Bowl 9 or 10 times since 911.--all with same quarterback and coach-winning 5 of them, or it 6.

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I found that by owning the football, I was always in the game.

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Wow, John, you covered the course with that one.


I won't pry you for the music, I can use B-flat.


it'll be in TopTen next week.

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My slide whistle is in the repair shop. When it's fixed, meet me at the 7-11 parking lot and we can jam.

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Love ya, john, even though you're from Detroit.

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Being from Detroit excuses a lot of sins. Maybe all of them.

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I love essential questions!!!

BYW, John, you should read these two articles.

The Great Work - The Sun Magazine.

George Packer on Richard Holbrooke and Pax Americana's Decay - The Atlantic I am going out to feed my birds.

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Thanks, Susan. I'll check them out.

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One thing that unites us is that nobody knows the words to the Star Spangled Banner beyond, "Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light...what so proudly we hum, hum, hum, hum,humhumhumhumhumhumhum......

I doubt that many people could name who wrote it, or when the war of 1812 was, or that it was a racist song about slavery, and that the composer lived in constant fear of a slave rebellion, or the race riot in the nation's capital by white people....

Here is a good read: Snow-Storm in August, Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835.

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Thanks, David for the book suggestion.

Good point about our national anthem. Then again, 'anthem' with a couple added vowels in 'anathema'. Is there a message in that?

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hooray for you, David - super edit. comment.

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I especially liked this ....

"I doubt that many people could name ...when the war of 1812 was."

It's tricky. I'm still working on it.

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