Three ways to approach the nation’s political future
Re: “New U.S. motto: e pluribus duo,” Nov. 27 Garrison Keillor column; “A note to the future about the fall of America (with a tweet),” Nov. 27 Steve Lipsher column; and “A plan for the loyal opposition in the Trump era,” Nov. 27 Diane Carman column.
The difference in tone among these three opinion columns is fascinating.
Garrison Keillor shows his incomprehension, fear and self absorption. Apparently he thinks that if people have a different view, the only way to react is call them names and demonize any difference from him. And to fantasize about drowning them. Lastly, he wants to take his ball and go home. Many would welcome the going away of such disagreeable arrogance.
Steve Lipsher paints a picture of a looming dystopia. Suddenly gone are the adaptability of the American people and our ability to reinvent ourselves and our institutions as needed.
Which brings up Diane Carman’s piece. She finds a man, Tim Sweeney, who says, “... up your empathy quotient. We need dialogue.” In other words, let’s talk and truly listen. From that can flow understanding; then we can figure out what to do.
There is much to like about Mr. Sweeney’s hopeful, optimistic, truly tolerant outlook.
May we all take it to heart.
Stan Moore, Lakewood