WE DON’T NEED PERSONAL RAGE
The most civilized societies throughout history have resulted from unification, not conquest. The best way to achieve the multi-layered thinking that allows diverse societies to live in concord is education. University graduate schools are among the most diverse populations in America. Students are there to seek knowledge and achieve solutions in their field.
Your recent full page of letters revealed that the emerging division in our country may be less about partisan politics and more about what kindles these writers’ perception of the issues.
Some reflected rage and sought to blame conditions on iconic personalities, such as Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Bernie Sanders. Yes, all of these are Democrats, but they illustrate widely different approaches to achieving their party’s agenda. Even Bill and Hillary Clinton are politically distinct individuals and not “the Clintons.” Each of them speaks not only with highly-educated passion – but with a civil tongue.
We are always going to have differing attitudes and approaches, but leading with our emotions and emphasizing blame instead of facts will only dampen discussion and incite division. Many would rather shout than discuss … but why? Come up with a solution rather than blame.
I simply turn off the radio or TV when a politician – Republican or Democrat – begins to shout and insult because I sense their rhetoric reflects their personal rage, which I don’t need. – Kate McClintic Beaufort