Trump has done us a favor. He has reminded anyone patriotic on the left and right — that has even part of their brain working — that we “enemies” share common ground. Trump did this by relentlessly spewing his sham huckster version of a bleak worldview rooted in white nationalism, authoritarianism, hatred of ethnic variety and religious difference. And Trump seems to just love authoritarian dictator types. Trump shows more public liking for journalist-murdering Putin, terror-sponsoring Muslim-extremist Saudi princes and the anti-Semite Catholic-fundamentalist white nationalists in power in Poland than for pro-democracy pluralists such as Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron. He berates journalists yet coddles dictators who share his fear of a free and open press.
Here are just some of the best of our American bedrock beliefs many of us on the moderate sane Left and moderate sane Right share:
- an appreciation for what the modern world has achieved from antibiotics to women having a right to work
- an optimistic vision of what could lie before us if we use our brains well for everything from new energy tech to education
- a commitment to democratic truths as the basis of the free and open lives we want mirrored by a free and open press
- a belief that ethnic diversity and religious tolerance are things to defend rather than to be feared
SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG
Receive notifications of new blog posts by email.
Frank, Would you be interested in a speaking engagement on a Sunday morning? $400? Community Church of Boston, a Peace and Justice Congregation since 1920. We have hosted a speaker series every sunday for 97 years. Chomsky, Zinn, MLK, Kozol, Kunstler, Berrigans, Medea Benjamin, (most recently, Dukakis) many wonderful speakers. It would be a great thing to coordinate with a Sunday visit with your grandkids to the Science Museum. I have been really inspired by your blog posts and youtube ruminations. We are just starting to put the Fall program together. I hope you will be in touch. Very Best Wishes, Dean Stevens 617-869-3014