America is Suffering from Irreconcilable Differences

Our government is divided and suffering from years of “irreconcilable differences;” our White House and Congress are for all intents and purposes “separated” while the Democrats and Republicans hardly talk to each other. And when they do talk, they end up arguing over the smallest of issues with each unwilling to give an inch. They let their personal animosity for each other spill over into the public media as they try to use the media to convince us that one of these two combatants is right and the other wrong. These irreconcilable differences have grown so deep and permeated the atmosphere that the next three years of the President’s term will most likely render our country rudderless as the global and domestic issues cry out for discussion, compromise, and action.
We cannot allow the current acrimony and vindictiveness to dominate the self-serving agendas of the Democrats and Republicans and by default, The United States Of America. We need a White House and Congress that are more concerned with ensuring the well-being of our country over the need to be “right” and push their personal and party’s opposing ideologies. Is it too much to ask from our elected representatives to strive to be statesmen instead of self-absorbed politicians? Is it too much to ask for our White House and Congress to come together for the benefit of the nation and demonstrate real leadership to turn our irreconcilable differences into reconcilable ones? Is it too much to ask for Republicans and Democrats to stop the crass rhetoric and character assassination in the media and go work out their differences like adults in private? Is it too much to ask our elected representatives to remember that we are all Americans first and foremost?
Paul Okum has 40 years’ experience with the Federal Government in the Departments of Transportation, Interior, Army, and Defense in leadership positions, including being a US Army officer. Mr. Okum has written “Leadership DNA,” a provocative and useful guide book about identifying, selecting, and developing natural born leaders. This book describes the art of leadership including how to deal with poor managers that can cripple an organization.
For more information about Paul Okum and “Leadership DNA”, visit

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