To the Editor:
This week has revealed many things about the American people and most of them are good. When faced with tragedies such as Boston and West, we are very likely to put aside our partisan ideologies and help each other. The many who rushed to help the wounded and dying and showed that this country has a big heart has saved people’s lives.
The problem is that soon we will be back to the partisanship that is dividing us and preventing us from talking (as opposed to labeling) with each other.
Our severe misunderstandings are the work of too many who gain from keeping us at each other’s throats. The work of being a democratic republic is being undermined with every negative word we shout at each other. It is our choice and our freedom to continue this way or to say to all who benefit from our division that they can no longer get away with their tactic. We are a nation held together by the Constitution: the entire document with all its amendments.
My proposal is that we talk and honor and respect each other, not for our sameness but for our differences.
This is something we can choose to do and to start listening to the reasons we each hold the opinions we do. Then form a consensus on how to respond to them. Neither side should feel satisfied that it defeated the other but that we all have won something infinitely more important: A more American America.