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National Disagreement is Not All Bad

In light of the recent transfer of power from Obama to Trump, the Women's March, and the future of Obamacare on the line, we see concerns and disagreements expressed about the Nation's future and the question of governmental authority limitations.

This governmental authority derives from the U.S. Constitution. 

One of the true gems of the United States is we can disagree without fear of punishment. That is not true for every country, nor for most eras in history. However, here and now, differences and varying opinions are welcomed and can be openly expressed.

Differences in constitutional interpretation, governmental authority, and people's rights are native to the U.S. since its' founding. Below is an excerpt from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams:

"The line of division was again drawn, we broke into two parties, each wishing to give a 
different direction to the government; the one to strengthen the most popular branch, 
the other the more permanent branches, and to extend their performance. Here you and 
I separated for the first time: and as we had been longer than most in the public theatre, 
and our names were more familiar to our countrymen, the party which considered you 
as thinking with them placed your name at the head: the other for the same reason 
selected mine…. To me then it appears that there have been differences of opinion, 
and party differences, from the first establishment of governments, to the present day; 
and on the same question which now divides our own country: that these will continue 
thro' all future time: that every one takes his side in favor of the many, or the few, 
according to his constitution, and the circumstances in which he is placed." 

Let's make sure our motivations  for disagreement are rooted in justice, fairness, truth, 
and equity. Let's not disagree for the sake of sparking controversy. 

Disagreement is okay where goals and outcomes are shared.


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