As the debates approach, I am asking, no begging really, that you not attack ordinary people, group them into broad categories and call them names such as “deplorables”.
And yes, some of the so-called “deplorables” hold racist, misogynistic views. But do we really need to go there? Must we attack our fellow Americans, many of whom, like the veteran pumping gas on the NJ Turnpike, are struggling to make ends meet in a faltering economy?
Instead, at the debates, please focus on telling people what you are going to do to stimulate the economy, generate jobs, and increase income for poor and working class Americans.
Tell us how you are going to constrain out-of-control military spending.
Tell us how you are going to end the tragedy of pervasive poverty across America.
Tell us how you are going to reign in Wall Street and limit the influence of big money in politics.
If “Stronger Together” is more than just a fancy campaign catch phrase, then please send a positive message of inclusiveness.
This is one of the most important elections in American history. The outcome could profoundly alter the direction of this country for decades to come.
The real question is: Are we a country that pulls together to bring about positive change, or one that is divided into a million little subgroups each fighting for an smaller and smaller slice of an ever dwindling pie?
At the debates, please do not descend to Donald Trump’s level. Please, no more talk of “deplorables”; no more pitting one group against another.
We can and must rise above petty name calling to lift people up, not tear them down.
John Conlow, web facilitator