In response to an August 18 published letter, to and entitled by the Editor "Enough with the Bush blaming," which thereafter engendered a hale storm of pro and con replies, I offer the following rejoinder:
This being an election year, conservatives and liberals are poised at each others jugular. There seem to be no possibility for any sort of compromise - even on urgent issues of great national importance.
Jonathan Haidt, professor of psychology at NYU, Stern School of Business, has recently published a book entitled "The Righteous Mind"; subtitled "Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. In it, he seeks to explain our sad state of affairs and to offer a sensible solution.
Moreover, this destructive division, aided and abetted by extremist on both sides, has created a giant chasm between our two political parties resulting in many of the immediate needs of our citizens going unfulfilled.
In all, this is extremely detrimental, not only to our economy, but also to the whole nation and, if allowed to continue indefinitely, could well confer our world leadership role to China or some other nation.
The truism "United we stand; divided we fall" calls attention to our present, precarious posture and should motivate us to adopt a more positive position in order that this "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Inasmuch as our nation is so deeply divided regarding these concerns, quite possibly his book, if intelligently read by a thoughtful electorate, could, in time, help us eliminate the underlying causes of this dilemma.
If not, those that follow will most certainly have harsh words directed toward our memory. Dare we assume that risk?
Thomas M. Harrison, Greer, S.C. (formerly of Front Royal)