Surely every American wants some level of unity, cooperation, and compromise in Washington. Any hope of that happening any time soon was extinguished at the State of the Union address. The two Americas are each firmly rooted and steeled with a deepening line in the sand between them. You can no longer find middle ground. It’s time to choose sides for the survival of our nation.

Never have I seen a more stark division between conservative and liberal leaders as in the hallowed chamber of the Capitol during the State of the Union speech by our president. The SOTU was a 120 minute vivid display of two diametrically opposed visions for America’s future. Virtually no issue received a mutual response between the two sides. The scowl on so many faces was an embarrassment to most Americans and a sad signal to the rest of the world. It is obvious that our culture is not coming together, but is ripping apart along conservative and liberal lines.

The faces of the conservative philosophy (Trump, Pence, McConnell, Ryan, et al) represent the conservative movement toward less government, individual freedoms, personal responsibility, free market economy, strict constitutional adherence, strong defense, nationalism, sanctity of life, and traditional morals. The faces of the liberal philosophy (Clinton, Schumer, Pelosi, Sanders, et al) represent the liberal movement toward government entitlements, highly regulated society, individual dependency, constitution flexibility, multinational world order, conditional view of life, and moral tolerance. Polarization of Americans around these two opposing world views is at a historical height.

Some Americans may still profess to be somewhere in the middle–trying to hold on to both philosophies. I say there is no middle. These world views are so far apart, there is only a vacuum in the middle. It is like having a foot in each of two boats separating at a fork in a river. One has to choose which boat to put both feet in. Those who have claimed to be “independents” are finding themselves to be irrelevant. It is not the popular faces that will ultimately determine the direction of this great nation. It is the millions of adults citizens who must choose sides.

I chose the conservative journey long ago, but am more committed to it today than ever. Personally, I don’t care for President Trump’s personality, and I sometimes question his character. The same holds true for a few other conservative leaders. However, as long as they are leading us forward in the cause of conservatism, I will support the president and other leaders. We don’t have a perfect government by a long shot, because all people are imperfect. But, we must get on board with the side whose values we share, or the opposing forces will take us, our children, and our grandchildren into a darkness we can’t even imagine.

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