As we approach the impeachment “trial” of former President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate, in connection with the attack on the Capitol Building in Washington on January 6, 2021, I wondered what it is that has sustained us as a country for more than 200 years — regardless of the divisions that still exist as demonstrated in that attack.
And it seemed to me that it all comes down to the simple interaction between people of different faiths and skin color.
And I thought in particular of the periodic gatherings of men and women at the Mad Batter restaurant in Cape May, N.J., arranged by the restaurant’s owner at his own expense to celebrate the memory of his father, Harry, who was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge in World War Two.
The Veterans Day dinner and the periodic breakfasts, which include a Catholic priest and veterans of previous wars, both black and white, is hosted by the restaurant’s owner, Mark Kulkowitz, who is Jewish —- and those attending represent virtually all of the faiths in this nation.
To this veteran who attends these events, it seems that everyone enjoys the opportunity to get together and share what has happened in their life since last we met.
And that is what life — and this country — is all about. Everyone sharing the events, both good and bad, that one encounters and the understanding that we are all in this
“adventure” together and, where possible, we are there to help when needed.
That’s the way I see it. If you would like to share your thoughts on this matter, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beau Weisman, Editor