Letter to the Editor:

Beckman: 'Choose to work together'

To the Editor:

Recently, many people in our country have been heard saying, “I’m scared of what our president is going to do to our country.” Personally, I’m not that scared of what our president is going to do to our country; rather, I’m scared of what we ourselves are going to do to our country. Ever since the presidential election began, our country has been fighting. We are turning against each other, neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, American against American.

I want people in the United States of America to realize there are going to be Democrats and Republicans in this country and they are going to have different views. You can try to change those views, but it will more than likely fail.

Our country is in a great feud right now and it’s beginning to almost look like what began on April 12, 1861 — the Civil War. The country was divided North against South; now our beloved country is divided liberals against conservatives.

Abraham Lincoln was quoted at the Illinois Republican Convention in 1858 as saying, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Take those seven words to heart; truly think about it. If our big feud goes on any longer, we may fall as a country. We will be known as the country that fell because of our very own people. There are other countries watching us, watching our childish actions. We are known to be the greatest country in the world, but are we right now? Probably not. If our own fellow Americans can’t work together, how can we be the greatest country in the world?

People may argue with me saying they are using their First Amendment right.

They are using their right of free speech and that’s completely fine; but it could lead into something a lot worse than rioting, perhaps a war.

Does our country want to go through another Civil War? I wasn’t around then; none of us were. But it is one thing that the Civil War was the deadliest war in our nation’s history. 620,000 men died in the Civil War. That is 620,000 American men who died at the hands of other American men.

They died because they chose not to work together; rather they chose to go against each other, as some wanted to form a new nation. Do you see that when you choose not to work together as one country that it will bring war? With any war, there will be bloodshed.

To whoever is reading this, I want you to know that there are many people in the United States of America, and they have their beliefs like you have yours.

Choose to work together and not to fight with each other. I want this country to stay great, and I’m sure you do too. Work together as brothers and sisters, not as enemies and foes. For we, the United States of America, are one nation under God.

Paige Backman


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