By Jonathon Van Maren
Over the weekend, former president George W. Bush released a call for unity, reminding his fellow Americans of the days following 9/11, when the entire nation seemed to speak with one voice. For a brief moment, political divides vanished in the face of a common enemy and a shared tragedy, and in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Bush stated, it is time for Americans to come together.
But it has been a very long 19 years since 2001, and 2020 is a much different year. Americans are not the same people they were two decades ago, and I don’t need to rehash the details of the ongoing political polarization here. One particular example of America’s inability to bridge divides comes immediately to mind: The attacks by LGBT activists on the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, which set up a field hospital in Central Park to assist Mt. Sinai Hospital in treating victims of the pandemic.