Conquering our common enemy

This article was published on January 21, 2021 as a web original.

When years of political partisanship in the United States recently crescendoed into the invasion of the Capitol building in Washington, DC, some familiar words came to mind:

Let all that now divides us
Remove and pass away,
Like shadows of the morning
Before the blaze of day.
Let all that now unites us
More sweet and lasting prove,
A closer bond of union,
In a blest land of love. 
(Jane Borthwick, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 196)

Nice words. But do they add up to a hopelessly naive sentiment in the face of such aggression? 

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