We're hearing a lot of talk in this presidential campaign about healing divisions. The Democrats say they will do it. During the 2000 campaign, Gov. Bush said he wanted to be a "uniter, not a divider." Forty-four years ago, Sen. John F. Kennedy (search) said he would "bring us together."
This is a fool's errand, because it is not possible to reconcile conflicting points of view that are based on polar opposites. One might as well try to reconcile oil and water, or Republicans and Democrats.
What we should be pursuing is truth. You remember truth, don't you? That's what we once wanted before truth became relative and being right was looked on as bigotry.
Here's what liberals mean when they speak of healing divisions. If they have an idea and you agree with them, you are right to do so. But if you disagree with their idea you are dividing the nation.
When liberals are in power, they don't look to heal the things that separate conservatives from them. They use their power to impose their ideas on conservatives, and everyone else. Liberal Democrats, especially, believe they are right, even when they are proved to be wrong. It's their intentions that count, not results — and certainly not truth.
Too many conservatives prefer to be liked, instead of proven to be right, and so they spend a lot of time when they are in power pandering to the left. They never win their approval, but they soon lose their power because their supporters become disgusted with them.
It would be nice to see the debate elevated above focus groups and telling people what they want to hear and appeals to healing the divisions in our nation. But I don't expect it. And that's the truth.
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Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.