Modern-day political division in the United States has former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y., more worried now than a potential terrorist attack did before 9/11, he told Sunday’s “The Cats Roundtable.”
“Let’s stop thinking as Republicans or Democrats; let’s start thinking as Americans,” Pataki told host John Catsimatidis on 970 AM-N.Y. “If we do that, these should be the most optimistic times in a long long time. The economy is doing well. The country is strong.
“But our internal divisions are what worries me almost as much, well, more than I was worried about a possible terrorist attack before it happened on Sept. 11.”
Pataki ridiculed political division as “our greatest enemy,” adding “we just can’t act civilly because we happen to disagree on a philosophical or political question.”
“One of the lessons of Sept. 11 is that it’s easy to point fingers of blame; it’s harder to come together,” Pataki told Catsimatidis. “We came together as a state, as the city, as a nation, like I’ve never seen before. God, you look at the political scene today, and we’ve got to start to understand, as we did on Sept. 11, we’re all Americans, we’re all in this together.
“Stop the shouting and finger-pointing. Let’s just try to find common ground and move forward as a country.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings this week on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh have unraveled under “partisan hatred,” Pataki lamented.
“In Washington, you have hearings that are more like a circus or a clown show than the deliberative attempt to understand the philosophy of the person who has been appointed,” Pataki said. “You can’t have a democracy like that. You have to respect each other.”