We have forgotten what it means to work together; our country is being torn apart.
We have mistaken political positions and party lines for moral principles. Only the latter can not be compromised. It is the duty of every leader to know the difference.
Integrity requires that we live in accordance with what we know is right. Character requires that we work in good faith with others to find common ground.
I know a lot of people who have become outspoken or active in politics for the first time over the past couple of years. They claim that they can no longer stand on the sidelines and watch the moral decline of our country.
While I certainly agree that our society has, to a very large degree, lost its moral code, I disagree with the approach so many are taking. Vilifying the opposition is only making matters worse. Conspiracy theories lead to fear, not to results.
It is time for real leaders, on both sides of the aisle, to stand up. It is imperative that we sit down, in good faith, and truly listen to the other side. We must put our emotional biases away and deal with real issues head on. We will never reach consensus on every issue, but significant progress can be made and our country restored to its former greatness if we begin to work with each other in good faith.