Ben Sasse, a Republican, represents Nebraska in the Senate and is the author of the new book “Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal.” IndieDems applauds Sasse’s attempt to damp down the tribal bitterness that divides us and believes he has offered some valuable insights into how to get there. He is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and we thought his overall role in the hearings was positive. The Washington Post recently published an op-ed adopted from the book. Here are IndieDems comments.
I am a Democrat who admires Ben Sasse’s effort to stand back and objectively analyze what ails the American body politic.
But let me state something for the record, not to directly differ from anything he says. I dispute the common refrain that our country is deeply divided on virtually all major issues.
Immigration? The polls consistently show that a majority of Americans want a solution that incorporates our traditional openness to accepting foreigners. The hate-filled depiction of foreigners as threats to society is an invention of Donald Trump and his Republicans, not something that reflects a deep division swelling up from grassroots America.
Health care? See Dana Milbank’s analysis that shows Republicans desperately trying to disguise their previous venom against Obamacare, now more popular than when Trump became president.
Detaining children in tent camps? What Americans other than Trump and his Republicans support such cruelty?
Unfettered tribal divisions? Hillary got three million more popular votes than Trump and his approval rating has never risen above about 40 percent. A 60-40 split represents deep division? Please.
A deep division over body-slamming people and repeatedly demeaning women? Please, don’t insult America by saying the trash who applaud such savagery are anything but a swinish minority.
Most importantly, Trump’s congenital lying. If Republicans have a valid agenda with deep popular support, why do they have to repeatedly tell lies in order to promote it? Name me the currently serving prominent Democrat who has made over 5,000 false or misleading statements since January 2017.
How many prominent conservative stalwarts have deserted the Republican Party? How many liberal stalwarts have deserted the Democratic Party?
Mr. Sasse’s call for a deeper look at what divides us is commendable. But let’s not lose site of the moral and intellectual corruption of the Republican Party that lies at its core.