Polarization into entrenched camps of thought is the poison that will destroy the conservative base of our country. Positions on the war, 9/11, and many other issues have the tendency to make each camp of thought actually feel angry and bitter toward the other camp. I have mentioned this before but it is something every one of us need to be reminded of so we keep our end goal in mind; finding enough common ground to hold together in order to work to preserve the Constitution.
Regarding those who believe that criticizing certain aspects of our government is being disloyal, perhaps we can admire their loyalty and fierce belief in everything American. We need that kind of love and loyalty.
Regarding those who believe that this is the greatest nation in the world with the greatest form of government, but that there are forces both within and without the government that will destroy our freedoms if not exposed and cleansed, maybe we can see this group as equally loyal but in a different way.
Compare America to an apple. If we closely examine the apple and see it is being invaded by worms, we want to remove them and save the apple. We are not attacking the fruit, we love that apple. Some tell us there are no worms because they want to believe the apple is sound. Do we stop trying to remove the worms because others do not see them and criticize us, believing we are denigrating the apple?
Most of you believe there may be worms. Where our disagreements lie is in how many worms there are. That’s okay, we are still good people trying our best. Personally, I am going to continue trying to remove the worms that I have detected because I love the apple so much and want it saved.