Remember back in 2001, when people everywhere were singing God Bless America, and putting United We Stand bumper stickers on their cars?
What did it get us? Did America get blessed? Did America truly unite?
In the guise of unity, what we got was blind faith in George W. Bush. It’s clear to most Americans now that faith in Bush was not well placed. However, the larger lesson that remains unlearned for most Americans is that blind faith in any President, or any other leader, is inherently unwise. Whether it’s George W. Bush or Barack Obama who asks for unity, we need to regard all leaders with suspicion.
They’ll keep coming at us with United We Stand and Yes We Can, but the true patriots will be off standing by themselves, offering support when it is merited, and pulling back when trust is broken.