Why this trib­al­ism? Be a bea­con.

Star Tribune - - EDITORIALS READERS WRITE - DAVID SINDIGA, Ro­seville DAN CO­HEN, Min­neapo­lis

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?


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