On Friday evening, I turned on the television to catch some news. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi was conversing with Jennifer Rubin, an opinion writer for The Washington Post. Velshi asked, “Where does reconciliation come in? Or does it? … We are a divided country. … Where does it begin where people say, ‘We have lived a weird few years. How do we get back onto something that feels like pluralism and is a democracy that is shared by all Americans?'”
Rubin replied, “Well, for one thing, it does start at the top. I think everything Joe Biden has done since he was declared the winner really reflects that sentiment, that we’re one country, we’re one people. We have great challenges. We have to work together. So, I think one way of bridging these gaps is a different tone from Washington, D.C. … At least from the President and his appointees you’re going to get that message.” Then, a look inward:
“Part of this personal. We have to do it in our own communities, in our own organizations, our own churches, our own synagogues, our own state and local governments, which can operate with a lot less acrimony than we do at the federal government. So, I think the task of reconciliation … is a huge issue. It’s not simply a matter of government …. It’s really up to all of us in our personal and our communal lives.”
I’m up for this. I’ll try to be part of setting a different tone. If these posts fail to embrace this larger theme of reconciliation, I welcome your feedback. We’re in this together.