(The following article was originally posted on The Citizen’s Corner blog and is reposted with permission.)
Following Donald Trump’s historic upset on Tuesday, many in the media (yes, THAT discredited mainstream media) are asking how the president-elect will unify the country. Even in his own victory speech early Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump said:
“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
“It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
Trump’s tone was no doubt necessary after waging such a hard-fought campaign against Hillary Clinton. While the sight of shocked media elites and crying millennial snowflakes made for damn good television, the moment still required reassurance and humility from Mr. Trump.
Let’s be clear about something, however: political unity is now, and will continue to be, an impossibility. And that’s okay. For the second time in the last five elections the winner will have lost the popular vote. Additionally, the country is literally divided down the middle with each candidate winning just under 60 million votes each. And while the Republicans control both the House and Senate, their margins are thin.
Politically we are two nations. We are divided. And this is why we should temper talk of political unity. Recently, veteran journalist Tom Brokaw noted, “I’ve been at this a fair amount of time. I have never seen the country so fractured.” Of course, this fracture is the fruit of modern liberalism.
After years of nationalizing every possible issue, the Left has fostered the very disunity that they now claim is so dangerous. Let us hope that neither Trump, nor the Republican majority in Congress, play this game.
Political unity is an impossibility for the simple fact that New York isn’t North Carolina, and California isn’t Texas. Look at the map from Election Night. There are Red state values and Blue state priorities, and often the two shall not meet.
The genius of the Founding Fathers and our Constitution was to prevent the disunity caused by nationalizing that which belongs to the states, or more often, the individual.
From abortion, to marriage, to education, and healthcare, as the Left has insisted that these are constitutional rights, the ability to achieve unity, let alone compromise, becomes impossible.
What type of unity can one find on an issue like abortion? If one side recognizes it to be the killing of an innocent, and the other sees it as a right incapable of being restricted, then unity is simply a pipedream. At the state level, as things were prior to the judicial activism found in Roe v. Wade (1973), the battle was local, reflective of the values of the citizenry. Take it nationally and you will forever have division, particularly when the coercive power of the federal government is used and abused to defend such a practice.
So please Mr. Trump, do not seek political unity as some type of noble objective. It is not. It is an impossibility. The Left defines unity as victory. The cultural revolution (think Alinsky and Soros) wants capitulation, not compromise.
The only way to achieve some semblance of unity going forward is to dismantle much of the federal apparatus. Return matters such as the culture wars to the states. Unashamedly recognize that all politics are local; and often, so are values.
I wish that were not the case, but it is.