We need a return to sanity at the heart of our national life. I believe the majority of Americans are decent, hard-working, honest people who honor their country’s values of freedom and justice for all. We make mistakes and learn from them. We seek the good in others, rather than scold them as bad people, or fear them because of differences of race, belief, or place of origin.
We live our daily lives within the context of conflicting pressures that often test our patience and perseverance. We admire the sentiments engraved at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, inviting those who are torn, weary, and desperate to a place among us. We are proud of our country and want it to stand on the high ground among the nations of the world.
That is not to deny the presence of intolerance, greed, self-aggrandizement, criminal exploitation, snobbishness, disrespect for others, and violence among us. In recent years these characteristics have come to dominate much of our conversation, and our presence in the world. Trust has disappeared. Decency has faded. Tribalism threatens to destroy the very fabric America has always represented. We must practice government “of, by, and for the people,” not a form of regressive feudalism.
It is abhorrent that we have allowed a president and his cadre of pirates to raid and trash our nation’s honor. We must restore respect to the office of the president. We must repair the brokenness he has wrought. The rights and humanity of all persons must be recognized from the Executive Branch, down. Trust and honor must overshadow political favoritism. The principle of innocence until proven guilty must be central.
Regardless of political affiliation, our nation needs a centrist approach that embraces the lives and destinies of all our citizens.