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Steve Strang in Townhall: America at War—With Itself

By Stephen E. Strang for Townhall.com | Image from Townhall

The election of Donald Trump—and his presidency thus far—did not create the social and political divide tearing America apart. The forces aligned on the right and the left were already doing that long before Trump or Barack Obama or George W. Bush entered the political arena. But the conflict that has erupted since Trump’s victory has exposed the chasm that divides us more dramatically than any event in the last 150 years.

Americans hardly think any more about the motto that adorns our currency: “E Pluribus Unum”—an example of the dreams of national unity—“From many, one.” Today those dreams have all but vanished. And we seldom hear about the culture war that dominated headlines a few years ago. Apparently, we’re past that point now. The national motto, “In God We Trust,” which appears not only on our currency but on courthouse walls and monuments of all kinds, has become a source of controversy.  Continue reading…