VOICES: The bridges we need are neither Democrat nor Republican

FROM THE RIGHT TIM CAMPBELL
FROM THE RIGHT TIM CAMPBELL

Credit: Tim Campbell

Credit: Tim Campbell

Note from Community Impact Editor Amelia Robinson: this guest column by local artist Martin Hunter appeared on the Ideas and Voices page Sunday, Jan. 31.

We have one Constitution, one government, one system of law to serve equal justice to all.

What we do not have is one people.

That ideal, to forge a more perfect union, has been, and forever will be, a work in progress. From the beginning of this American experiment called democracy, a system or representational government has been used to negotiate a torturously winding path forward.

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At every fork in the road we debate, do we go right or left.

Martin Hunter is an engaged citizen, real estate consultant, artist, writer and Washington Township resident.
Martin Hunter is an engaged citizen, real estate consultant, artist, writer and Washington Township resident.

Where are we now?

We are divided.

A significant part of the population has become disenchanted with the “one Constitution, one government and one system of law” framework. They have not so quietly voiced a desire to break away. But the United States is not a country that can just cleave into parts.

Citizens of every political persuasion are intermixed in families divided, they work and live in communities divided, they have co-workers and neighbors that lean in opposing directions.

If all the threads within a cloth that go up and down leave those that go from side to side, the cloth dissolves into threads, no shape or structure; no common function or purpose; no raison d’être.

In time, this season of partisan rage will abate, the intoxication from lies believed will subside, the faithful that pinned their hopes on false prophecies will cast out their false prophets and return to a better place.

As a country, we have been here before. There was Shay’s Rebellion of 1786-87, the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 and the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921.

But never has there been an insurrection in the U.S. Capitol.

Jan. 6 will forever live in American history. Although periodic convulsions of bloody discord are not new, that does not make it any less painful or shocking.

Our best path forward is to get back to our work. Work is far more than a paycheck. It is the glue that binds us into common purpose. As we embark into new technological frontiers, the fruits of our labor will benefit all citizens regardless of political belief. No matter the political climate, the farmer feeds his cattle and tills the land for the coming season. If you teach, we have children that need to be taught. If you build roads, we have roads to build.

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The bridges we construct are neither Democrat nor Republican. Our work is the bridge toward a more perfect union.

Let’s all just get back to work.

Martin Hunter is an engaged citizen, real estate consultant, artist, writer and Washington Twp. resident.

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