Who, exactly, is “us?”
I think it is important to know who the “us” is in referral to the “he will not divide” talk. I used to think that “us” were the citizens of The United States. All of us participating in the greatest experiment in the history of mankind. Win or lose, we were all still Americans. We were proud to be Americans and we were proud of the progress we had made in our country. We overcame injustices even if slowly. We were America, home of the brave, land of the free striving to create a more perfect union.
Somehow, I do not feel I am part of the “us” that “he” will not divide. Am I excluded because of my libertarian/constitutionalist views? Am I excluded because I am not a student of Intersectionality Theory? Am I excluded because I am a white? Because I am male? I really want to know because it seems like the people who refuse to be divided have already cordoned me off from their enclave due to my reluctance to hew to the herd mentality.
This new “us” is not a welcoming, warm, friendly group if you are not a conformist to their agenda. It is a rancorous, mean spirited, closed-minded group that despises dissent; that despises apostates; that despises free thought. This “us” rewards group-think and expunges dissent.
Certain individuals of the “us” are even dividing American intangibles. How did we get to the point where American values (whatever those are) recently acquired the subdivision of “core values?” Will we go further and subdivide those core values, which are seemingly separate from regular values, until we have a singular American value? And when a politician says, ‘this is not who we are,’ am I excluded from their “us” if I disagree with their proposal as to who we are? I suspect “us” took it upon themselves to become the arbiter of these intangibles.
This is a very dangerous black and white view of America. I remember the scorn with which “America, Love It or Leave It” was met when it was espoused by a certain sector of America of just 50 years ago. The sentiment is back but it is being used by a completely different sector of America; the same group, I think, that ridiculed the phrase not so long ago.
The “us” undivided by “he” seems hell bent on dividing America into ever smaller sub-groups but this is their America now so “Love It or Leave It!”