Irreconcilable DifferencesAfter a controversial blog post by Rob Huddleston Friday, I elaborate on our irreconcilable situation at some length in today's column:
The notion that we are one people is a myth designed to placate schoolchildren and make the lazy and the liberals say to themselves that all will be well. All is not well, and it hasn't been well since the 2000 General Election. The divisions of this union which became crystalized for the first time in modern history, even though they are much older than that. At least in the 1860's, Mr. Lincoln could rightfully declare that "both sides read the same Bible, and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other." In 2009, we cannot even say that we read the same Bible and pray to the same God-some on the other side recognize strange gods or no god, or think our God is the strange one.
What we have in common is no longer greater than what divides us.