WE DON’T NEED PER­SONAL RAGE

The Island Packet - - Opinion -

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

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