Dear Editor:

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.

Gail Harris

Andy Harris Road

Rockford

(1) comment

PastorBuzz

Well said, Gail Harris. Perhaps this election will find USAmerica on the way to realizing this quote from the 19th century French political writer Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America": "The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." We are not without faults as a nation, but we are not without the ability to do more good than harm as a people. In a democracy, correcting our faults begins at the ballot box.

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