By Ron Faust We are a divided nation Split apart by ideology On just about anything Conservative or liberal Fighting racism or freedom White nationalism or immigrants Always a close call or tight vote Some still reenacting a civil war We used to honor civil discussions We could debate difficult issues And listen to the other side But the preponderance of guns Has created fear and violence Making forward motion a stalemate Now we face a serious election between The hard right and socialism Dictatorship and Democracy Prolife and prochoice Fascism and progressives Militarism and peace Tradition and change We grapple with the soul of America Tossing around misinformation Some trying to revise history Others trying to corrupt reality Maybe it’s our diversity and creativity Or we have reached chaotic endings Perhaps we will settle down or cope After an election with the Trump factor Will we be honest about our dark side And allow the truth to set us free? 1/4/24 (On occasion of wondering what a New Year will bring us and if we can accept the consequences of our divisions. We are entering the minefield of an election year. need discernment.) Ron Faust is a retired minister in Disciples of Christ and a former PeaceWorks KC Board member. (c) 2024, Ron Faust, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International License.