There’s a lot to divide us Utahns. BYU or Utah? Mormon or not? Democrat or Republican?

It’s pretty easy to focus on what divides us.

It can be a lot harder to remember what unites us.

We should all remember the wise words of our last eloquent and patriotic president:

The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into red states and blue states; red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

I hope throughout this campaign that we’re able to remember that we are one people here in Utah. There is far more that unites us than divides us. All of us living here, benefiting from our wonderful public school teachers, breathing the same air (or choking on it, as the case may be), marveling at Delicate Arch and Timpanogos Cave, getting a little carsick driving the Alpine Loop but doing it again because it’s so beautiful.

Let’s not let the pundits divide us. We can disagree about stuff. Even important stuff like politics. Or religion. But we still belong to the same state.

Let’s look out for each other, look past our differences, and remember that we all pledge allegiance to the same stars and stripes.