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The United States of America, a beacon of hope and freedom for millions around the world, is facing a crisis of disunity. In recent years, the country has become increasingly divided along political, social, and economic lines. This disunity is threatening to undermine the very foundations of American democracy.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the rise of disunity in the United States. One factor is the decline of trust in institutions. Americans are increasingly distrustful of government, the media, and other institutions that were once seen as pillars of American society. This distrust is making it difficult for Americans to find common ground and work together to solve problems.

Another factor contributing to disunity is the rise of social media. Social media platforms have created echo chambers where people are only exposed to information that reinforces their existing beliefs. This makes it difficult for people to understand and empathize with those who have different views.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated the divisions in American society. The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on certain groups, such as minorities and low-income Americans. This has led to resentment and anger among differing groups, which has further fueled disunity.

The disunity in the United States is having a large number of negative consequences. It is making it difficult for the government to function effectively. It is also leading to an increase in political polarization and extremism. In addition, disunity is undermining the country’s social cohesion and making it more difficult for Americans to come together as a nation.

There are a number of things that can be done to address the problem of disunity in the United States. One important step is to rebuild trust in institutions. This can be done by making government more transparent and accountable, and by working to restore Americans’ faith in the media and other institutions.

Another important step is to promote civic engagement. This can be done by making it easier for people to vote and participate in the political process. It is also important to educate Americans about the importance of civic engagement and the role that they can play in making their communities stronger.

Finally, it is important to promote understanding and empathy between people with different views. This can be done by encouraging people to talk to each other and listen to each other’s perspectives. It is also important to support organizations that are working to bridge the divide in American society.

The United States was until recently a nation built on diversity and pluralism. However, these strengths can also lead to divisions if they are not carefully managed. It is important for Americans to work together to address the problem of disunity and to build a more united nation.

Here are some specific examples of how the United States is becoming more disunited:

The rise of partisan gridlock in Congress, making it difficult for the government to pass legislation.

The increase in political polarization, with Americans becoming more entrenched in their own political camps.

The rise of extremism on both the left and the right of the political spectrum.

The decline in trust in institutions, such as the government, the media, and churches.

The increase in social and economic inequality.

The rise of racial and ethnic tensions.

The disunity in the United States is a serious problem that threatens the country’s future. It is important for Americans to recognize the problem and to work together to find solutions.


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(Mostly) Vegetarian, Politically Progressive, Daily Runner, Spiritual, Helpful, Friendly, Kind, Warm Hearted and Forgiving. Resident of Braintree MA.

Characterizations: moving, well written


  1. Thanks for an impassioned list of our grievances with instructive suggestions.
    My family is engaged in some of your remedies.

  2. Thanx Kevin for your clear-eyed honest look at the sorry state of our national disunity.

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    There certainly is no easy answer, or even answers, but building community to break down barriers is a definitely a great place to put some personal energy.

  4. Laurie Levy says:

    Thanks for your thoughtful take on this topic. The loss of social engagement is a big factor. Putnam’s book Bowling Alone, published in 2000, foresaw this huge problem.

  5. Betsy Pfau says:

    Well-said, Kevin. I agree that social media (and the echo chamber it creates) had had an out-sized effect on tearing us apart. If we all engaged with one another, and really listened, we’d all be better off.

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