‘One People’ Not Helped by Divisive Politics – Wall Street Journal


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Regarding William A. Galston’s “What Makes Americans One People?” (Politics & Ideas, July 3): We don’t have to go back to the 20th century to point to “fear” among politicians about Catholicism. Perhaps it applies to journalists as well?

Step back to 2017 and review Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin’s interrogation of Amy Barrett, a Roman Catholic, when that esteemed judge and academician’s confirmation hearings were held for her appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Sen. Feinstein stated, “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when it comes to big issues.” or select Sen. Durbin’s direct question: “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?”

Perhaps it is not a case of the American public making waves about Catholics, Jews, Muslims, etc. Perhaps it is politicians who are taking cracks at individuals who they think are a threat to their power. Perhaps, Mr. Galston, Sens. Feinstein and Durbin are the ones to ask to keep Abraham Lincoln’s caution in mind so that your “hope it works out better this time” wish holds true.

Roger Saunders

Naples, Fla.

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