Letter: A critical juncture for America

Published: 12/5/2018 10:00:33 PM

The death of President George H.W. Bush, following on the heals of the loss of Sen. John McCain, remind us of a bygone era when service to country was placed above service to self. Both were military men who put their lives on the line to serve higher ideals.

Today, in what is called a transactional world, ideals have all but disappeared. Bush 41 and McCain had the capacity to seek bipartisan compromise. No person is perfect and each man had his flaws, but they were capable of a broader vision than we frequently see today.

The greatest generation was replaced by the baby boomers who were the beneficiaries of their parents’ sacrifice. The balance between self and other shifted more in the direction of self over other. Societal norms were challenged, in some cases for the better. The equal rights movements and the freedom to oppose a controversial war were hallmarks of this period, but so also were sex, drugs and rock and roll. By the 1980s, we had become the Me Generation.

Some political voices today call for making America great again by playing on fears of our country losing its racial, gender and ethnic identity. We stand at a critical juncture in determining the future soul and spirit of America. Will we be a nation of inclusion or exclusion, cooperation or confrontation? Will we be a united one or a divided many?



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