President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday night. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Did I correctly hear the president calling for “cooperation, compromise and the common good” in his State of the Union address?
A new era of unity in which we will all “choose greatness”?
Modern-day America is a very large, very diverse, very factionalized place. Other than the overwhelming agreement outside of New England that the Patriots win too much, the only flashes of national unity in recent memory follow foreign attacks on us like 9/11.
And those tend to be brief.
This is not to say there are no opportunities for political consensus.
Just recently we’ve seen bipartisan agreement on criminal justice reform; infrastructure repair and reining in China’s unfair trade practices are other issues where political unity seems possible.
But national unity? Not under current leadership.
Both the Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate are known for cutthroat partisanship. House Speaker Pelosi smells blood in the water after the midterms and the shutdown.
And the noisiest, most politically-active partisans on both sides are calling for more blood, not less.
And the president?
If there’s a shred of evidence that he has ever cared about anything resembling real unity (other than a unified show of support for himself), I’m unaware of it.
A new era of national unity?
Maybe when the baby boomers fully retire.
For now, it’s like waiting on the Rams to score a touchdown.
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