The events in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday, which included the tragedy of 3 lost lives, depicted an America hopelessly divided. The “Dis-United States” is a theme we hear daily in the media. But don’t believe the hype… the mainstream media benefits from our division, and as terrible as Charlottesville was, only a couple of hundred people bothered to show up. On the leftist-progressive side, many were likely paid to attend.
Watching TV and watching Congress, you may get the sense we are a nation that cannot agree on anything, but that is simply not true. Americans have much more that unites us than divides us, and the more we remember this, the less sway the media will have over our daily lives.
Consider These Unifying, All-American Ideals:
- 91% of Americans believe citizenship defines being an American. You can’t get 91% of Americans to agree on hardly anything, but you can apparently get them to agree that being an American is defined by having actual, legal U.S. citizenship. This was determined in a poll after the election in December 2016, by the VOTER STUDY GROUP, and reported in the Washington Post.
- 93% believe you should respect American institutions. This number seems very high, right? Well, it wasn’t talking about Congress. The survey question polled included the military, firefighters, police, the courts, and local social organizations (Rotary). This is an important number considering the signals we receive from the media are the public doesn’t trust anyone anymore. This poll suggests that is not the case (same VOTER STUDY GROUP polling).
- 85% of Americans believe you must learn English. Although a gap opens here between political affiliations, still a whopping 75% of Democrats surveyed believe American citizens must learn English (96% of Republicans).
- We love our sports and leisure. Biking, hiking, auto racing, baseball, college football, and professional football are all important to the American people. Americans can argue to their last breath who the best Quarterback in history is (outside of Atlanta, Tom Brady has surpassed Joe Montana?), but we collectively relish our weekend rituals and competitive leisure time. The most watched television events in planetary history are usually the Olympics. The moon landing was watched by close to 14% of all people on the Earth at the time. As of today, the largest watched TV show was the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics – where half the world, 3.2 billion people, was measured to have watched. In America, 9 of the top ten rated shows of all time? The Super Bowl.
Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet…everyone remembers that old commercial from the 1970s. Americans of all races, colors and creeds can agree on things that unite us, and they are far greater than that which divides us.
But that is the whole point about being an American, isn’t it? You can disagree in the marketplace of ideas, you are entitled to your own opinion, and no one should have the right to infringe on your freedoms. “Freedom,” that is truly what it means to be an American, and that is something we all share and treasure.
We are Americans with a capital “A.” Americans are not hopelessly divided. The media and fringe elements are trying to divide us, but they cannot succeed unless we let them.