Today: Jun 05 , 2020

The Great Divide

01 March 2020  

The truth about the divisiveness in our country.

Today most of the press and all of the so-called progressives claim that it is President Trump who is divisive and tearing our country apart. It is so interesting to see them project on to Trump all of the negative things they have done. Whether it is conspiring with the Russians to interfere in our elections or obstructing, (take your pick), the government, investigations, lying to Congress or the public, you can find that they are guilty of everything for which they blame the President and his supporters. It appears that they know that if they already committed some offense, Trump must be guilty of it, too.

Many leftists have proclaimed President Trump of being the “Divider in Chief”. This is just laughable and brings into question their understanding of a common English word: divide. To most people with an elementary understanding of the language, divide means to pull apart or separate. The progressives think that it means disagreeing with their views, policies and/or agendas.

When President Trump and the Republican Congressional leadership say that they want to work with the Democrats on trade issues, infrastructure, criminal justice reform and immigration policy, are they dividing the country? When Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells the House Democrats they shouldn't vote with the Republicans on any issue because she doesn't want to give the President any political victories, is that uniting the country?

When radicals on college campuses shout down, disrupt, or riot to stop those with opposing views from expressing them, is that uniting or dividing our people and our communities? Is limiting debate to certain “free speech zones” encouraging an exchange of ideas or limiting it to areas where the powers that be can control it? Calling speech one disagrees with “hate speech” hardly encourages debate or the free exchange of ideas.

Is it a unifying tactic when you call those who disagree with your views racist, sexists, misogynists or other pejorative names? Would you feel a warm sense of amity when you see someone in person or on TV who called you one of a group in “the basket of deplorables” or “smelly Walmart shoppers”?

Does it engender respect for law enforcement when a president makes a statement that “the police acted stupidly” and then never makes a comment when radical groups chant, “Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon”? Isn't it really more conducive to an orderly society for the public to hear the leader of the country to say things like “our heroes in law enforcement” or “the brave men and women who protect us”?

Isn't it divisive to put people into groups of victims and point out all of the injustices of the past rather than to point to the corrective actions we've taken to alleviate those past injustices? Isn't it unifying to increase employment for all groups, to raise the average wage earners take home pay, to start enterprise zones in economically depressed areas?

The Democrats and progressives need to hold a mirror up if they really want to see who is dividing the country and our people. Then, again, it appears that it is more politically advantageous for them to keep the divisions so they can push their own anti-America, pro globalist agend

Buz Williams

Richard F. "Buz" Williams was born into a police family.  His father, both grandfathers, a great uncle and a cousin were all on the Los Angeles Police Department and he also had an uncle on the Hawthorne, California Police Department.  Buz served for 29 years on the Long Beach, California Police Department were he worked Patrol, Juvenile, Vice, Auto Theft and Gangs.  He retired in December of 2002.  Buz has been married to his wife Judi for 44 years.  They have two grown sons who live in Southern California with their families, which include two daughter-in-laws, three grandsons and a granddaughter.  Buz and Judi have lived in Prescott since 2004.