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Do you know what? I don’t care who the president is. I really don’t.

And do you know why? Because that’s not the biggest problem or solution; the biggest problem is the rest of the bureaucratic mess. And an even bigger problem is the rest of us.

Let’s face it reducing the debt is a good thing. Getting rid of government corruption and excess is a good thing. Getting rid of drugs is a good thing. Screening people coming into this country is a good thing. Stopping the flow of illegal aliens across the border from Mexico is a good thing.

I don’t really care who fixes those problems. I just want someone to do it. But we’re so busy tearing ourselves apart right now that we’re not fixing anything.

How do we solve it?

First, we have to look at the real root of the problem. The root of the problem is that we’re not unified. We’re not on the same page, with anything. And why are we not on the same page? It’s because we’re all looking at every glass as being half empty.

In marriage, if a husband and wife start focusing on each other’s negatives, the marriage is over. Right now, you and I are focusing on the negatives in this country, and we’re tearing it apart.

In any situation, if you are bent on finding something negative, you will find it. Nothing is perfect.

And we’re doing it because we’re greedy. We don’t think that we are getting what we deserve and that produces hatred, nastiness and resentment, and we act out those emotions.

We want ours.

How do we solve the problem? One thing we can do is quit watching the news. Or at least realize what news programs really are.

News programs are not duty bound. They are entertainment oriented for profit. Each program has its viewing demographics, and they cater to those demographics.

For example, CNN and MSNBC design their programs to appeal to their liberal audiences. FOX News caters to their conservative audiences. Each reports on the same story in almost exactly opposite ways. It’s ridiculous if you look at them as news stations, which they are not. But it’s entertainment if you look at them more correctly, as entertainment venues that portray tainted realities.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity — or it will move apart.”

Never mind that he said that almost 80 years ago, it’s totally appropriate for today. Apparently, the people of this planet have had a hard time getting along forever. That doesn’t mean America has to tear itself apart.

We’ve got something very unique here. Let’s hang onto it.

Andrew Lamar Alexander Jr. is a U.S. senator from Tennessee and a former United States Secretary of Education. He said that we are the only country in the world that has taken people from so many different backgrounds, which is a great achievement by itself, but an even greater achievement is that we have turned all of that variety and diversity into unity.

At least we did at one time. I think we can do it again.

Kevin Holten is the president of the North Dakota Cowboy Association and executive director of "Special Cowboy Moments" on RFD-TV.

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