Driving the Day: President Obama Calls for Unity

Driving the Day: President Obama Calls for Unity

In the aftermath of any major event – tragic or triumphant – Americans tend to rally around one another, speaking with a near unified voice.  We saw that, of course, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  And on Sunday night, we saw folks of all political stripes flock to Ground Zero and rally in front of the White House.

Last night, President Obama made an appeal for continued unity:

…there is a pride in what this nation stands for, and what we can achieve, that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics.

…it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face.

President Obama is correct that we face serious challenges; however, it would be a mistake to confuse what happened in Pakistan with the challenges we face here at home.

The divisions over how to address our government’s reckless spending, soaring gas prices, stubbornly high unemployment and a potential double-dip in the housing market are deep and genuine.

Conservatives believe we must cut spending, develop more domestic energy resources and create a climate conducive to job creation by keeping taxes low and reducing the burden posed by regulations.  Liberals, on the other hand, believe we must increase taxes, spend more on unproven energy sources and empower federal bureaucrats.

We should negotiate these issues in good faith, but we should not be lulled into believing these divisions are trivial.  They are not.  These divisions reveal two very different visions as to what this nation stands for: one emphasizes individualism and entrepreneurship, the other emphasizes bureaucrats and a strong central government.

America faces enormous challenges, and if we are to leave America a better place for our children and grandchildren, we must face those challenges head on and with absolute clarity.

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