The political state of our union is poor. The problem is caused by loss of character in our leadership and our people.
The present political situation began long ago, but came to its zenith with social media, personal-attack strategy, and the politics of consistent obstruction. Years of negativity on the internet and gridlock in Washington have left politicians unable to govern. We don’t discuss issues, because we fear personal rejection for holding different views from our group or “tribe.”
This is wrong. We must discuss issues and our positions as communities, states and personal groups. What are the pluses and minuses of strong or weak federal government? What is the purpose of taxes? What is the purpose of regulation? Where are the pluses and minuses?
We need facts to inform our thinking. We, the public, need to relentlessly seek objective facts.
Never miss a local story.
Listen to many sources of news and you will soon begin to see who’s telling the truth. Listen to both sides, watch what politicians say, what they do, and the results. Don’t demonize those who disagree. Ignore media posts you cannot verify.
Ignore tweets and search instead for intelligent analysis. Form your own stance by weighing objective facts. Discuss them with friends.
Look for leaders who relay sensible positions, who do not slander, who work with others, put country before party, and who have the interests of us all at heart. If we do that we can, in time, become united once again under sensible and intelligent governance.
Hilton Head Island
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