Despite a brief moment of national unity following the terrible massacre in Las Vegas, Pat Buchanan questions whether or not the country can hold onto that for very long. Pat says that with a focus on identity issues like “race, religion, ethnicity, culture, history and politics,” America is being pulled apart. He writes:
We Americans may celebrate our multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual, multicultural diversity as our greatest attribute. But the acrimony and the divisions among us seem greater than ever before in our lifetimes.
Blacks, Hispanics, feminists, Native Americans, LGBT—all core constituencies of the Democratic Party—seem endlessly aggrieved with their stations in American life.
In the Republican Party, there is now a vast cohort of populist and nationalists who agree with Merle Haggard, “If you’re runnin’ down my country, man, You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.”
A massacre of Americans like that in Las Vegas may bring us together briefly. But what holds us together when issues of race, religion, ethnicity, culture, history and politics—our cherished diversity itself—appear to be pulling us ever further apart?
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