I am troubled by the animosity that we see on both sides of our political spectrum.  I’m sure many of you are too.

Can we agree that both parties bear responsibility for the current state of politics in America?  So what do we do about it? 

Rather than promote political labels – it may be more productive to work toward consensus on issues.  I want to help the poor. I hate inequality.  And prejudice.  I want to eliminate hunger in America and everywhere. I yearn for peace among nations.  All Americans need health insurance.  I want to improve education in America’s poorest schools.  Our country needs a strong economy where all will benefit.  We need freedom of speech on campuses – and in politics. All sides should have a voice.  America has a right to control its border but a fair and compassionate policy for admitting immigrants is needed.  I love my family – and want my grandchildren to grow up healthy, happy, safe, wise, educated and with a religious faith.  And to abide by the principles of faith, hope and charity — for all of humanity.  And you know what?  I want that for your children and grandchildren too.  So what am I – a Democrat or Republican?    

Yes – there are one or two “hot button” issues on which neither “side” will bend (and some refuse to discuss).  Yet I like to think that most folks are on the same page on the issues above.  While we may differ on how best to address them, THAT is where civil discourse, compromise and conciliation come into play.  To solve these issues.  And to bring our tribes together as one.