'We The People' Should Learn A Lesson From The Kurds & Ukrainians And Their Unifying Force
A house divided against itself cannot stand...
Our cities burn. Our towns are powder kegs, waiting to explode. And ‘We the People’ continue to play the role of tribal-slaves for the politicians who have purposefully divided us; who have knowingly, for their own self-preservation and interests, turned us against one another.
Political party affiliation, religious conviction, societal tradition, all have become ways to divide us one from another. But ‘We the People’ can rise up, we can prevail, and we can win, but to do so we must first re-discover and re-embrace our God-ordained, unifying force.
I spent more than a decade living and working in the Middle East, and every time I interacted with Kurds, I was inspired. If there is one people group in the Middle East that understands what it takes to truly fight for their freedom, the Kurdish people are that group. And although they have time and time again been used and then betrayed by various nations and powers, they refuse to give up; they refuse to quit; they absolutely cannot and will not be dismayed, because for them, fighting for freedom is in their blood.
That same spirit is at work right now in the Ukrainian people. Civilians – both men and women – are volunteering to take up arms to defend their nation from a tyrannical mad-man seeking to rob them of their hard-earned, newly-found, democratic values and freedoms; freedoms many of us inside of America lackadaisically take for granted, assuming they are here to stay in perpetuity. While Democrats blame and demonize Republicans for every problem we face, and Republicans blame and demonize Democrats for the same, ‘We the People’ have been brainwashed into believing that if only the other side was squashed and removed from power, our dreams of a utopian society would somehow be realized. But this is nothing more than a false narrative our self-appointed elitist politicians on both sides of the aisle have seemingly been successful at making us believe, and in doing so, many of us have lost our love for this great nation and embraced a man-made political party more than our God-ordained country of birth. In other words, I fear we have lost what it would take to stand up as one people, united under the banner of a unified America, in the way the Ukrainian people are doing so should our great nation ever be invaded and attacked as theirs currently is.
While there are dozens of different Kurdish political parties, to find a Kurd who will identify first as a member of one of these is next to impossible. They will always, first and foremost, identify as Kurds. But how many of us do the same? How many of us self-identify first as an American, versus as a Republican or a Democrat? I would argue that if we first think of ourselves as a Democrat, or as a Republican, or as a member of any other political party for that matter, our love for this nation has taken a back seat to our love for a man-made entity, and when push comes to shove, very few sane individuals would ever willingly go into battle and fight with the very real possibility of losing their lives for such a thing.
Every single morning when I arose from my sleep in a backstreet alleyway somewhere in the Middle East surrounded by Islamic fanatics who would have loved nothing more than to find an American living and operating undercover in their very midst, I knew that day may be my last, but my love for America, and ongoing refusal to sell my soul to a man-made political party, provided me the strength and courage I needed to continue fighting the good fight. And every single night when I closed my eyes to go to sleep, I thanked God for having been born in America and for the great privilege I had as an American – not as a Democrat or a Republican – to serve my God-ordained country of birth. Something I would never have had the strength and courage to do if I had fallen victim to the divide et impera, the divide-and-conquer mentality that both the Democratic and Republican parties push in order to try and remain in power.
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