“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -Rev. MLK
Let us all remember, as the general election gets under way, that we must make clear our political disagreements; be them economic, social, religious, generational, party affiliation, etc. We must define what we believe and talk with our fellow Americans.
Without understanding each other and compromising where room for compromise is available, we will not be able to begin healing the fractures in our society. We, all of us, are Americans. And we can come together and remember again that which unites us is far greater than that which divides us. We can disagree without being disagreeable.
I dislike Trump. His behavior. His politics. Everything. But I do not discount his supporters. Many of which have understandable and acute grievances with how this nation has been led over the last 20-40 years. Our job is to talk with one another.
If we continue to entrench ourselves in our tribes and tv channels and refuse to listen to those that disagree with us, then this grand experiment, this shining city on a hill, this indispensable nation and last best hope of man is finished.
Elections are a time of heightened emotions. Disagreements. Arguments. They are also a time of learning and growing. Defining the future of the nation does not rest with one party or administration. It rests with all of us.
Love your fellow citizen, love your family and friends. Never let politics break up a friendship or relationship. Find where you agree and move forward in a sprint of acceptance and understanding.
With that, let’s begin. To quote FDR, “Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”