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克利夫兰辛希娅:支持川普成为美国总统

Putting the “fun” Back in Dysfunctional–The Reconciliation of the Hatfields and McCoys
A Model for America after this Raucous Election Season 

-Cynthia Marek Lundeen

 Russian literary giant Leo Tolstoy opened his now classic work Anna Karenina with the words “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” If this is true, the people of the U.S. today are truly uniquely unhappy.
 In talking to voters throughout this election cycle, I have heard that the traditional holiday dinner, where family memberssmileindulgently and affectionately at each other’s foibleshas often given way to comparisons with the American Civil War and talk of dividing up the union, as no matter who wins, half of the country will feel disaffected.
 During the American Civil War (1861-1865), some members of the same family took opposite sides in the conflict, resulting in brother fighting brother, quite literally.
 Yet we have a very good example in U.S. history of feuding families coming together for the common good--- none other than the Hatfields and the McCoys. These two families, living along the West Virginia and Kentucky borders, were engaged in a legendary feud from 1863-1891 involving a great loss of life for both families. You may know, and others might be surprised to learn, that they not only buried the proverbial hatchet, but now annually sponsor the Hatfield McCoy Marathon which you can read about at http://www.hatfieldmccoymarathon.net/ You’ll notice their slogan right across the middle of their home page which says “No Feudin’ – just Running.”
 The Hatfields and McCoys have surely created a successful formula for putting the “fun” back into dysfunctional family relations.

 As there has beena tradition of rallying around the newly elected president for the good of the country, the candidates might do well to take a cue from the Hatfields and McCoys. They don’t necessarily need to copy the marathon; one thought I had would be the type of fun activity often held at outdoor fairs during the summer. The potato sack race, in which partners each put one leg into the same potato sack and thus must co-operate to arrive at the finish line, could surely be a sign of unity.
 As a hat designer, it occurs to me that a creative hat contest with a unity theme would also be a good idea, although Mr. Trump may already have a head start… pardon the pun.
 If you have a suggestion for a charming activity to bring the candidates and country together, send an e-mail to me at ecj@cynthiascenturies.net.

   

 

 
 
 

 

 

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