What’s it going to take to reunite us?

I told my wife before the election that it didn’t matter who won, neither way would bridge the deep divide that splits our country, raging through all 50 states like a pandemic.

The Republicans say the Democrats started it and the Democrats say the Republicans did. At this point, I don’t care who started it, I want to know how we’re going to stop it.

Republicans and Democrats have always disagreed about policy, that's in the nature of the two-party system. But there was a time when they also agreed to disagree. They were civil and respectful towards each other and their beliefs and differences. Not so any more. And that goes
both ways.

We have to go back to 9/11 to see a time when both sides were united, holding hands and singing “God Bless America” in the Capitol rotunda. We’re experiencing another 9/11 right now — COVID.

We need to get back to a time and place where both sides of the aisle can unite. We need to, metaphorically at least, hold hands in the rotunda and sing “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Both sides need to quit blaming each other. Both sides need to be willing to give and take, to compromise. We’re not enemies, we’re Americans, red, white and blue.

Rob Berry, Princeton