Uniter not diveder

One of Bush’s promises was that he would be a ‘uniter not a divider’ in his role in Washington politics. This, as everything he has said or promised, has been used as a target to attack by his opponents. These attacks demonstrate that there is only so far one can go in trying to work with others rather than to strictly appease them. But the President does not appear to have given up on this effort to unite rather than divide despite rather severe punishment in carrying the effort forward.

This effort to forming a united team has been an irritant for some of those often considered the President’s base. It has been a source of derision in this base that figures it helped win the election and deserves the spoils. The Miers nomination illustrates this. The response to Gillespie’s comments about their objections also illustrates just how sensitive this ‘base’ has become to observations of its own behavior.

The angry and scathing rhetoric from columnists such as Will and Coulter are as symptomatic of a lack of intellectual integrity in them as similar behavior is in the lunatic left.

The fact is that scathing ad hominem attacks based on fantasized futures and nightmares of what might be are not good ways to unite. The argument with President is not with the desired outcomes but rather with the means to get there. The latest nomination fracas illustrates that there are those on the right that indeed have the view of the vultures and others trying to find a carcas upon which to feed. They have lost sight of the horizon, of the goals to be achieved, of the need to unite the people together to create progress for the country. That unity is a responsibility of each of us individually to take part in constructing an understanding of our common ideals and setting paths to get there. It is not in picking fights and looking for victories against each other and squashing or destroying those with whom we disagree. Unity will occur by educating those with whom we disagree to the point that any disagreements become secondary and minor compared to what is shared.

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