To the Editor:
Recently, in discussion with old friends about the current “State of The Nation,” it quickly became obvious not everyone agreed about how we got to our present position.
Even more perplexing was whether our present national situation was good or bad, or even if we are getting better or worse.
Naturally, different opinions are to be expected among people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences, but what was not expected was the insinuation that if I and others had opinions different from those of the president or the majority of the voting public, we were prejudiced.
Having spent 30-plus years in the military, and 15 years in the workplace, I have long come to grips with my preconceived notions about other races and how they may differ in attitudes, behaviors and customs from mine.
I made no value judgment as to who was right or wrong as long as they did not allow those inherent behaviors to supersede the rules, regulations and values of the military or workplace.
The rules of the military and workplace constituted conditions of employment that everyone accepted up-front.
I make no apologies for my political leanings because I think I am correct, and the opposition is wrong, but, I respect your right to differ.
You may vote for a politician or a straight-line vote for a political party, and I may still have enough in common with you to call you a friend.
The one thing that I don’t do is insist that you vote for a person because of race, creed or color.
For you to insist that a person vote for a candidate who is of one ethnic group, is to say that group has surrendered its freedom of thought and purpose to their skin pigmentation, and that is wrong.