Is the United States still united? For that matter, is it still a nation? The dictionary defines the word nation as:
a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory
I don’t think that we are united by very much any longer.
Everyone in the nation saw the same video: Lizzo playing a crystal flute once owned by President James Madison. Even though the video was the same, each side saw something distinctly different. On the left, they saw a black woman who is a professionally trained musician and a rapper playing a musical instrument once owned by a slaveowner. They called it a ‘hilarious moment’ as she twerked while playing the priceless artifact.
The right saw it as the desecration of a priceless article of American history, a deliberate insult carried out by a woman shaking her naked ass while being the first and only person to EVER play. Those on the left called the opinion and outrage of the right a ‘racist dogwhistle’ that was really caused by her being black, and not by her playing a flute that ‘no one even knew existed before she played it’.
The left and right cannot even agree on the definition of woman and man. They can’t agree on anything. How can we say that we are a body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, when we can’t agree on any of those things, even when both sides view a video of the same event and can’t even agree on what happened?
We are a large body of people who are trying to assert power and reign over each other. There is no longer a commonality, and this land once called a nation is anything but united. There is a split coming. The only question is how violent it will be. For if there is not a split, there will be only one of two outcomes: a dictatorship, or a war. In either case, it will be genocidal.