Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Politics of Unity

The politics of unity is the simple yet sublime process of consolidating the disparate interests of society into public policy that supports all the people. Such a process requires that our elected representatives give themselves over to that process, and it requires a political environment of tolerance, mutual respect and open and honest debate. It is not compatible with the corrupting influences of negative campaigns and nonstop fund raising that characterize our current political process. We the people can enforce such a regime by refusing to be manipulated by demagogues, by demanding an end to big money political campaigns, and by giving our support to those leaders who exhibit wisdom, emotional maturity and a genuine desire to engage in public service. The politics of unity is not necessarily something that every citizen will be able to practice, but I think that everyone should be able to recognize that in the long run it is in their best interest to give their support to leaders who can and do.

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