During an election it would be desirable if everyone voted according to principles and reason. But because we humans tend to behave emotionally, we usually vote with our “tribe,” be it red or blue. It would be far better if we focused on the ideals that have steered America toward greatness since July 4, 1776, and voted for those who would advance those ideals.
America is the only country in human history whose government is based on an idea — the revolutionary idea of human equality, an equality that affirms each person’s right to the goods and services of society, the freedoms of speech and religion, and the right to vote.
Historically, these inspiring principles of our founding documents have been unfulfilled by shameful assaults on race and gender, and we are now in a “civil cold war” between those who promote a mythology of America’s greatness and those who wish to actualize our founding principles and create an America where the humanity and dignity of all is paramount in government policy.
American government must become one of promoting the welfare of people, especially minorities and the poor, a compassionate defender of human rights and a promoter of policies that acknowledge the common humanity of all people and our common dependence on a fragile planet.
This is the destiny our founders envisioned and upon which our potential greatness lies. Let us vote to restore our leadership and respect in the world and renew our commitment to the great American experiment in government based on equality.
Andy Harris Road