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Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Moving past our differences 

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

The American public today is divided. Sometimes, it seems, irreparably so.

Republicans can’t agree with Democrats, even on issues like infrastructure spending that stands to benefit all Americans and create good-paying construction jobs. 

Anti-mask and anti-vaccine proponents sneer at those who choose to mask or vaccinate, comparing them to mindless sheep. Meanwhile those who trust the science shake their heads in disbelief at those who question the safety and efficacy of the vaccines in the face of what they see as overwhelming evidence. 

Even within the political parties there is division. For instance, between those who support the claims of former President Trump that the election was fraught with fraud and those who accept the election results, often chided as RINOs – or Republicans In Name Only – by those who remain loyal to the former president. 

Democrats suffer from a similar internal schism, with more progressive members of the party attempting to force moderate lawmakers further to the left. 

Online interactions between these various groups have grown particularly toxic, and it isn’t just online. Real families have been impacted by these ideological divides. 

Some have claimed that America today is more divided than it has been since the Civil War. 

But if that claim leave you feeling hopeless, take heart. Even the veterans of that great and terrible war were able to find a way to reconcile over time. 

Need proof? The Carter County Herald, in September 1923, noted that a reunion of Civil War veterans, of both the Union and Confederacy, were able to sit down together, reminisce, and enjoy a meal without coming to blows or even disagreement. 

It may have taken 50 plus years before these aged veterans broke bread together, as friends and neighbors rather than bitter enemies, but the healing had to begin long before that for these types of reunion events took place. 

So, take heart if you find yourself in bitter disagreement with friends or family. Reconciliation is possible. We simply need to remind ourselves of the things that we hold in common, that can bring us together. 

It may take a while, but it isn’t impossible. Not for them then, and not for us today. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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