Why this tribalism? Be a beacon.
Coming from an African country, I never envisioned that tribalism could follow me to the United States. From the outside world — particularly Africa, the Middle East and South America — the U.S. is considered the custodian of democracy. And, over the years, it has made extra efforts to export democracy to these parts of the world. Progress is in the offing in some countries — for instance, Kenya, as witnessed in its Supreme Courtnullified presidential elections due to irregularities and illegalities. Why is tribalism growing in the U.S., threatening democracy?
The nationalism and Trumpism movements are the catalysts. These two forces converged at the right time, after the two major parties over the years had successfully split the country into die-hard camps. No side can listen to the other because it has been sermonized into believing perpetual taboos. And within these two camps, major split groups (far right and far left) have developed, worse in ideologies than the majority (center). Why will “one nation under God” allow primitive principles? The U.S. should never degenerate into such a state — should never allow chaos to rule the day and make Russia’s Vladimir Putin look like a genius tactician.
Americans must reject divisive politics and do the right thing — talk to each other regardless of political affiliation. Tribal politics is cancerous to the society. freedom of speech and hope you will not cut us off from expressing our views in your newspaper.
Should you choose to publish my gun control article, I would appreciate your including some of my other credentials in addition to being an NRA member. Former president, Minneapolis City Council. Former president, Minneapolis Planning Commission. Current member, Minneapolis Charter Commission. Honorable discharge, U.S. Navy. Former member, U.S. Naval Reserve. Member, American Legion. Member, Disabled American Veterans. Member, Urban League.
By the way, have any members of the Editorial Board of the Star Tribune served in the military?