We may have been remiss in failing to posit some proposed solution to the vexing problem to which we have assigned the term, “the death of civic amity” (the ability of citizens to constructively exchange disparate points of view).  Much lamentation has been expended on the subject, often making disappointed reference to the intention of our founding fathers ( as stated by Thomas Jefferson), that there be a continuous and constructive exchange of differing points of view among an informed citizenry; an activity deemed essential to the successful operation of a democracy.

We have expressed serious disapproval as to the apparent societal proclivity of society to band together into separate cohorts of individuals who evince unanimity of political beliefs, often in belligerent interaction with other like groups, maintaining opposing views. We have observed the consequent fracturing of society into insular groups, each internally and externally “preaching to the choir,” while emphatically excluding alternative, possibly useful solutions to problems. Admittedly, to date we have suggested no antidote.

We now realize that we have, possibly in the interest of avoidance of the predictable raging tide of snarky cynicism, refrained from the felt duty to express the material need for a realistic and productive reconciliation between such militant groups of disparate ideologies, and as well, some suggested mode for its possible accomplishment.

May we therefore suggest, as a route to a societal rapprochement, a universally communicated message, disseminated throughout all channels of communication, professional and social, as well as at all educational facilities, clearly emphasizing the essential commonality of every American, as to a shared history, loyalty to the self-same nation, and as to the universal aspiration for its success, irrespective of political and social predilection. A dedicated program of such mass messaging,  such as only the U.S. genius for advertising, sales and public relations can accomplish, through ads, public programs  inclusive of such populist  items as promotional  T shirts and balloons, might well do the trick. In addition to the important practical benefit to  the democratic operation of our nation, a resultant personal sense of security and identity, derived from a commonality of membership with the entire nation, would by far, outweigh the limited sense of acceptance derived from membership in some insular and fractious interest group.

It should not require a horrific natural or man- made disaster to instruct us that we are all people of one nation, irrespective of belief; this recommended sense of unity and fellowship is what we preferably should bequeath to our progeny.{ E Pluribus Unum.}



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Retired from the practice of law'; former Editor in Chief of Law Review; Phi Beta Kappa; Poet. Essayist Literature Student and enthusiast.

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