When George W. Bush said, “I am a uniter, not a divider” what did he really mean?

There is Truth in This

By James Turnage:

I am not a big fan of bumper stickers. I think most people put them on their vehicles for only one reason, to irritate someone else. If they’re meant to convince someone to change their mind or attitude about a subject, the only thing that will actually happen is that they will eventually be using a razor blade to scrape off the glue that held the sticker to the bumper.

There is always an exception to every rule. I saw one yesterday that actually had some meaning. I can’t say I liked it, its meaning was too sad, and too true. It said; “When Racism Arrives in the United States, it Will be Wrapped in the Flag, and Wearing a Cross”.

After I read it, I began thinking about the people I have met in my life. I was surprised how many acquaintances I made who hid behind symbols to camouflage their true feelings.

The sticker also made me think about what is happening in our country this year. Politicians hide behind these symbols every day. They look us in the eye and tell us what we want to hear, while they mean none of it. I hear many of them use the phrase; “God bless America, the greatest country in the world”. I don’t believe many of them are truly religious individuals. I do believe that they think our country is the greatest in the world, but only for them. Any realist can read the statistics about the reduction in the quality of life for the average person.

The lesson here is to take words repeated over and over again by any zealot very lightly. They have an ulterior motive, and their thoughts are often just the opposite of the words they utter. I’ll leave you with the words of that great orator George W. Bush; “I am a uniter, not a divider”.

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