Three ways to ap­proach the na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal fu­ture

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

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

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