Chet Collins

Chet Collins

This is America

There’s a lot of talk about how our nation is more divided than ever. As Americans, we face a problem that many nations do not have to confront. We’re a non-homogenous people, with only our patriotism, freedom, and Constitution binding us together.

Many people have a perturbingly negative perception of what life in America is like today. Some even pine for the good old days of national unity, which I’m confidant is just a foggy illusion.

I went on The Polar Express earlier this month. For one hour, we rode on a historic train down the tracks. I was in a carriage with families of every race, creed, color, and political view. No one fought, no one was arrested and made to disappear, no one was killed. We sang together, our children danced together, and we enjoyed a magical evening on the rails.

There’s unrest, but there has always been unrest. There’s anxiety, but there has always been anxiety. What makes America great is not Her economic or military might, it’s Her citizens. Natural and naturalized, Jewish and Muslim, Christian and Buddhist, African-American and Asian, White and Native American, Left and Right, all living and working together to build the City Upon a Hill.

© 2019 Chet J. Collins