Letter to the Editor: We are all in this together
I am concerned about the emotions raised in the presidential election campaign. Many political discussions these days have a tendency to become heated, especially interactions where the parties are not in close contact. Too often Facebook postings and comments become aggressive. There are reports of cars with Hillary bumper stickers being keyed in local counties. Campaign signs disappear. Violence crops up at campaign events.
This is curious in a country founded on freedom of expression. The Founding Fathers expected citizens to be willing to educate themselves and agree on a common goal. We cannot even agree on a set of facts in these polarized times. Maybe the time has come to reevaluate our thinking. Does the right to be politically incorrect outweigh common civility? Are your opinions based on reason, or gut reactions?
When the election is over and the votes counted, will one side gracefully admit they were outvoted and do their best to work within the system to advance our common cause, or will we continue to see one side working to diminish the capacity to govern, as we have seen for the last eight years?
We have a system that incorporates dissent and disagreement, but it is dependent upon the will of the people to be governed. We hear cries about rigged elections or Second Amendment solutions to disagreements, or excluding whole sections of society. There are plenty of issues to be concerned about, but judging with emotions instead of reason will not move the country forward. The serious work of running the country needs to happen.
Have we forgotten that we are all in this together, and compromise is expected in a democracy? After the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked “… what have we got a monarchy or a republic?” He said, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Objectivity is lonely and misses us badly, can we invite it back in?-
Steve Foreman, Front Royal