Assuming the presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves.

He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

And now we have to pay attention to our divide. As my good friend Hayden asked, "Why do you talk about peace now and not earlier." And I say that the problem is that both sides focused on what they feared from the other side and not on how to make peace.

There is no need to list all the fears. But the left seemed to fear Proud Boys and the right feared looters. Neither happened after the election. What we need to do is make peace, address the fears of others, and fix what we can.

Then we must find common ground and move forward. We seem to have a divided Senate and even close to a divided House. And as a result, not much that we do will be radical. Let us learn to live with the possibilities that we have. And make the most of our potential in the future. Yes, we can.

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NewMarketParent

Correction to the title of the article.

Fear (of non-whites) is what keeps us from moving forward

gary4books

Correction? I can see that. Thanks.

francesca_easa

NMP, What a stupid thing to say.

NewMarketParent

@francesca_easa

What you puts you in a position to judge stupid, experience?

francesca_easa

You are as divisive as the president!!!

bosco

Like the common ground the MSM and the never-Trumpers reached for after the 2016 election? That sort of common ground?

And now the MSM and the Dems are calling for unity? A little hollow and a little late.

[ninja]

NewMarketParent

@Reek

You will benefit whether you hop in the car or become a speed bump. No one needs your approval and there will be approximately 7 million more people that agree with me than you.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Eric is going to be needing a new job in January, speed bump dummy is something he is definitely qualified for, probably a tad over qualified.

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

Speed bump dummy, now there's a job for Reek in the Biden Administration.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Eric/Reek

Did you hear? There will be job opportunities for you when Daddy is done with you! The Biden administration will have many openings for speed bump dummy’s, just don’t over emphasize your qualifications for the job, cause you could be a tad overqualified for the job.

gary4books

I did want some common ground with Mr. Trump after 2016. It does take two to do that sort of a "deal." I can just say "better late than never." Do you have any suggestions?

Frankle1

Now more than ever we need to come together. We're facing huge obstacles. COVID is raging out of control, nationwide there are more hospitalizations than ever before in the pandemic, deaths lag behind cases and hospitalizations. Thankfully there appears to be a vaccine on the horizon, but that presents its own challenges. The vaccine that appears effective needs two doses and needs to be stored at super cold temps- the refrigeration pipeline is not built, rural areas will be hard to reach. Also- there are a lot of folks who don't want a vaccine (or to follow best practices). We cannot get our economy back to peak until we get the virus under control. All the more frightening is the refusal of the current administration to take meaningful steps to address the crisis. I don't know how we get to a place where we can put aside ideological differences and work together for common good and common health, but we really need to try harder.

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup] well said Gary.

Greg F

Only the extremists left feared that snd the media blew it all out of proportion. The quiet force of discrimination and hate from those of the proud boy morons and the RRR are still there.

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