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A Divided Nation

By Rev. Donald L. Perryman, PhD.
The Truth Contributor

Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver, the other gold. 

 -  Anonymous  


Rev. Donald L. Perryman, D.Min.

We resemble a nation torn asunder rather than a collection of “united” states if the results from the 2018 midterms provide meaningful insight.

Let’s face it. While polychromatic states like Arizona or Georgia shimmered toward a purple hue, the blue states became even bluer and the red states more red and Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin returned again to their pre-Trump luster.

Behind it all?

More than likely, the phenomenon can be attributed to what 45 has called a “war-like posture.” It is the pugnacious political divide that separates the urban and the rural. It is the philosophy of old white men versus the rest of the world; the worldview of the educated pitted against the uneducated; the difference in perspective between whites and nonwhites and the privileged male power class desperately trying to hang on by any means necessary as they slowly watch their grip on society erode.  

Here Comes the Cavalry

Yet, according to the Pew Research Center, the midterms suggested that younger voters are supporting the Democrat over the Republican Party candidate in much greater numbers 67 percent  (under age 29) and 58 percent (30 to 44 years of age) compared to voters ages 45 and over (50 percent Republican, 49 percent Democrat). In addition, 62 percent of first time midterm voters supported the Democratic candidate.

And that’s just voting preferences.

The 2018 midterms also elected and sent a record number of Millennials and Gen Xers to the U.S. House of Representatives. At least “20 of the 91 freshmen congresspersons scheduled to be seated in January will be Millennials and 14 of those 20 are Democrats – including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, at age 29 the youngest woman ever elected,” Pew reports.

 Everything is Not Rosy

Yet, the infusion of these vigorous fresh new winds of congressional change has the potential to scatter seeds of discord and pollute the Democratic Party itself. The retaking of majority control in the U.S. House of Representatives by the Democrats has stoked internecine conflict initiated by those attempting to block U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi from transitioning to leader of the House Majority caucus from her former role as Minority leader.

Nancy’s Sin?

Pelosi’s critics point solely to her age and poor poll numbers without evaluating her effectiveness, including her unmatched fundraising ability and skillful leadership in getting the Affordable Care Act, then on life support, signed into law.

The truth is, a single named opponent against Pelosi has yet to surface. Perhaps her critics are using behind the scenes chatter to jockey for prime committee assignments for themselves or the new diverse young political arrivals.

The lesson we should learn?

 It is always an enormous struggle to attract and retain new people to our cause or enterprise. Therefore let us remain sober in our enthusiasm for this soon to be seated group of young, diverse Democrats.

For, according to author Tiffani Bova, “We are often trapped by the mandate to expand our base with new people, with little concern for the potential imbalance of focus that brings for those we already have.”

Contact Rev. Donald Perryman, D.Min, at drdlperryman@centerofhopebaptist.org



Copyright © 2018 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 11/29/18 08:42:13 -0500.



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