"There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America. There’s the United States of America."
- Barack Obama, 2004 Democratic National Convention
United we will stand and divided we will fall. Far too often, these United States of America, seem anything but UNITED. Far too often, the norm seems to be divsion and derision among the citizens of this nation. Division by race, division by complexion, division by quality of hair, division by income class, division by political party, ... we seem to find new ways to cause division amongst ourselves. And then ... it happens ... and we realize that WE ARE ONE.
In the midst of great tragedy and great trials, the only good that most often surfaces is the realization that WE ARE ONE. In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, the vast majority of this country was as united as I have ever seen it. From Red States to Blue States, there was a sense of unity in the midst of that great tragedy. There was unity towards a common cause. A common cause that said, "Let's kick the azzes of those that came in OUR BACKYARD and killed 3,000+ of our neighbors". That was a uniting cause, if only for a minute, before giving way to the same ole cancers of racisim, sexism, religous intolerance, and xenophobia.
Similarly, as this nation presently sits in one of its most divided states of being, with a harshly divided politcal electorate, with hatred of "others" at an all time high, and with the most important and one of the most bitterly divided elections of our lifetime on the horizon, suddenly ... it happened. SUPERSTORM SANDY came ashore and in its wake took dozens of lives, caused BILLIONS of dollars in damage, and left MILLIONS without power all along the Northeast. As Democrats & Republicans, Blues & Reds, Crips & Bloods paused for a second to survey the utter devastation, suddenly we realized that THE ONLY WAY for us to fight and for us to overcome this tragedy, these trials, this tribulation is for us to UNITE and come together with a COMMON PURPOSE. Suddenly, we realized that all we got is US. Suddenly, we realized that WE ARE ONE !!
What if we took that SAME APPROACH to confronting all the challenges that we face as a nation?
Imagine what we can accomplish TOGETHER when we realize that YES INDEED !! WE ARE ONE ... #VibeOnIt