Democrats committed political suicide in 2016. Their incapacity to find commonality over conflict left the party in ruins — and lead to a Trump presidency.
Hating Trump is not a political platform
Liberal/progressive thought is truly concerning these days. It seems to be lacking any mission other than to despise Trump. It is as if the oxygen of dialogue on solving our nation’s problems has been sucked out of the room by fear and loathing.
Hating Trump is not a political platform. We will lose our roots in we remain mired in reacting to his next new crazy — and that is precisely what Republicans want.
Are we going to be part of the problem or the solution?
The Constitution was written to tend to the least of us — to mend, to heal and to promote the general welfare of “We the People.”
It seems obvious that any American would revolt against the absence of common sense and decency. However, there is a more primal fear that has been manufactured to blind the misinformed with malevolence.
And many believe the Constitution is the Bible and the Bible is the Constitution having read neither.
But they are unified in that primal fear, and common sense and common decency are not enough to sweep up in a Blue Tsunami in the 2018 midterms.
What divided us in 2016 has not dissipated. The rancor is still there between the Hillary and Bernie camps. There are too many progressives still pointing the finger of blame at their brothers and sisters.
Unresolved it may permit Republicans to fundamentally turn our democracy into an Oligarchy
Where do we go from here? How do we fix the fear we have of one another? Where do we put the hate we feel every time we turn on the news?
Talking to a political adversary should never be futile. Our hearts should sink collectively at the thought that informed debate is impossible.
We all live beneath the same sun. We all have children we hope find their way to happiness.
Something different needs to happen…
And I don’t want to be a part of the problem anymore.
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