Combative ideology

We’ve been fighting over ideologic differences for so long, it might as well be ingrained into our societal culture.

However, there was a moment in the Vice-Presidential debate when Mike Pence answered a little girl’s question over how we respond to each other when differences arise.

“I started following the news when I was very young. And in America, we believe in a free and open exchange of debate. And we celebrate that as how we could, literally, the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world. And I will tell you that –don’t assume that what you’re saying on your local news networks is synonymous with the American people. You know, I looked at the relationship between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late justice who we just lost from the Supreme Court, and the late Justice Antonin Scalia. They were on polar opposites, on the Supreme Court of the United States – one very liberal, one very conservative. But what’s been learned since her passing was the two of them and their families were the very closest of friends. And here in America, we can disagree we can debate vigorously as Senator Harris and I have on the stage tonight. But when the debate is over, we come together as Americans. That’s what people do in big cities and small towns all across this country, so I just want to encourage you, Brecklyn, I want to tell you that we’re going to work every day to have a government as good as our people, the American people, each and every day. We love a good debate. We love a good argument. We always come together and are always there for one another. And we’ve especially learned that during the difficulties of this year.”

I take issue with some things said here, and more that was said during the evening. However, the sentiment that “we’re all Americans” is one that should be inherent in each of us. Whether born here or immigrated; wealthy or poor; white, black, or something in-between. We are America. We’re better because of our differences, not in spite of them.


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