Let go of labels and focus debates on policies and facts, not individuals
In his Feb. 22 PostPartisan blog excerpt, “The ‘deep state’ is real. The ‘alt right’ is fake.” [op-ed], Ed Rogers defined the “deep state” as “embedded anonymous bureaucratic bias against [President] Trump and Republican rule,” using leaks and “rogue social media accounts . . . to discredit the president, his Cabinet and Republican policy objectives.” He claimed that the alt-right is “just a new way for the left to call Republicans racists and Nazis without actually having to say those terms out loud.”
Let’s let go of labels. Let’s depersonalize the current political debates in the United States. People both in and out of government need to focus on specific issues. For example, the scientists and others working on the Earth Day demonstrations should present a positive message of respect for research-based data as a tool for policymaking.
Billing their planned demonstration as against Mr. Trump gives support to claims that opposition to Mr. Trump’s policies is aimed at damaging the president’s credibility. Those of us who see reversing environmental protections as endangering the habitability of the planet should say so and support their contentions with facts. Also, making Mr. Trump the focus shuts out those who support him on some issues but might work toward efforts to oppose specific policies.
Actions that discredit individuals or groups based on race or religion should be rejected for contradicting the Constitution.
Sara F. Anderson, Arlington