In his farewell speech September 17, 1796, President George Washington spoke some truths about, and to, the then-new country, the United States of America.
In President Washington's mind, as he stressed in his address, he though one factor we had to guard against was sectionalism -- as he couched it, the Atlantic versus the West and the North versus the South.
Of course, anyone with even a vague knowledge of American history knows that a mere 65 years later, the North and South put that to the test.
But what of today, when the divides aren't so much geographical -- though those do exist -- as much as ideological, reflected in the current deadlock between our two main parties.
David Ignatius, Op-Ed columnist for the Washington Post (clickable link), has written a thoughtful column titled "The U.S. is at a crucial point in defining its direction" (clickable link). Below is the reply I posted in the comments.
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