Division or diversity – the difference makes the difference.
This is a crazy time for the United States. In its young history, this country has never been so pressed to divide. The only other time that division came up, the country fought to keep itself unified.
But here we are – facing division with pride – even after so many died to keep us together.
I hadn’t thought about it all that much. Actually, I’ve been trying to duck below the radar and not think or talk about it at all. I have close friends that are legal immigrants. I don’t want to offend.
This morning, I had a powerful email to consider. The words were so moving that I was sure they were a hoax. No one would dare say things like that in public, with witnesses and press and a record of what was being said. My search through the internet found confirmation at Snopes and several other sites.
Richard Lamm gave a speech a few years ago about how to destroy America. It was a copy of this speech that I found haunting my email this morning. What he had to say then rings louder today as this country faces a decision about illegal immigration. It’s scary to think that something that seems so insignificant could be the force that divides and conquers the United States forever.
I am all for compassion. I am all for understanding. I am all for celebrating uniqueness. The counterbalance must be that first and foremost we stand united. “United we stand.”
Diversity is great but division will destroy.