We’re lost in the whirlpool of par­ti­san­ship

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Wil­liam Wet­more, Wal­dorf

I usu­ally read all the let­ters to the ed­i­tor in the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent. I un­der­stand that it is a fo­rum, with the pa­per’s opin­ion at the top of the page. The fo­rum part of it is some­times li­able to have in­ac­cu­ra­cies.

I know peo­ple can write what they want, but it is in­ac­cu­rate to write that Pres­i­dent Trump was elected by the ma­jor­ity. He lost the pop­u­lar vote by al­most 3 mil­lion votes. He won the elec­toral col­lege vote, which is the way we elect our pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent. So, he is the win­ner.

That con­ceded, Pres­i­dent Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has not yet in­spired con­fi­dence in the ma­jor­ity of the cit­i­zens. His Tweets of un­sub­stan­ti­ated ru­mors tar­nish him and the pro­grams he cam­paigned on.

More to the point is the fact that we can’t seem to pull our­selves out of this po­lit­i­cal whirlpool of par­ti­san­ship. There may be states­men some­where but they can’t seem to find their voice. Some­where in the name calling and pan­der­ing so hard to party sup­port­ers and den­i­grat­ing the mo­tives of po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, we have be­come lost.

We need to stop writ­ing and say­ing some­one isn’t a Chris­tian/ Jew/Mus­lim un­less we can look into their soul. Since I am con­fi­dent no one alive can do so, let’s stop it. Just stop it.

Like­wise, we need to stop im­pugn­ing other peo­ple’s mo­tives un­less we can use their own words to show their mo­tives aren’t in line with their ac­tions. The leg­is­la­tor who says he op­poses reg­u­la­tions and votes against them shouldn’t be con­sid­ered as other than prin­ci­pled. On the other hand, the leg­is­la­tor who says he wants clean wa­ter for all and votes against reg­u­la­tions to con­trol wa­ter pol­lu­tion should suf­fer our scorn.

Each of us needs to de­cide what we want from our gov­ern­ment and vote that way. Do we want moral­ity, lower taxes, more ser­vices, bal­anced bud­get, eco­nomic na­tion­al­ism, free trade, a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment? How much of one are we will­ing to sur­ren­der to get an­other? An ed­u­cated cit­i­zenr y is the best de­fense of lib­erty.

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