An open letter to Europe and the rest of the “free world….”
We are not Donald Trump. He does not speak for all of us Americans. In fact, more than 50 percent of us did not vote for him. So, please do not judge us by his actions.
Yes, we know the current president has walked the United States away from the Paris climate accord, the agreement the rest of the civilized countries of the world have endorsed to lower pollution in an attempt to slow down climate change.
Don’t be discouraged by one man’s actions. The sixth largest economy in the world, the state of California, is still in. So is New York, and even though Trump said he was elected by Pittsburg and not Paris, both of those cities are still fans of the agreement.
Many of us believe climate change is real and is endangering the future prosperity of our children and grandchildren. We believe that abandoning alternative fuels is an expense we cannot afford.
A goodly portion of us would love to see our leader act more, well, presidential. That means resisting the urge to communicate his every thought, rational or otherwise, via Twitter.
POTUS is not just another man on the street. When he runs off at the thumbs, his 140-character diatribes can have a profound effect on everyone. And, as we teach all our young people, once a Tweet is out there, it can’t be recalled.
Many of us here in the United States understand that people from different cultures are valuable. We believe that diversity is an asset, so the idea of building a wall, whether physical or metaphorical, in an attempt to keep others out is an absurd notion.
We consider ourselves a Christian nation, but we seldom act with Christian charity when it comes to other nations. While some applaud an “America first” agenda, others of us believe this idea is decidedly unchristian and not at all neighborly in the biblical or any other sense.
Despite what you may be hearing about us, we do not all believe we are better than you or more entitled to the pursuit of happiness.
Here are some other points on which many of us disagree with the direction our country’s leadership is taking:
• We don’t believe capital punishment is morally acceptable, nor does it make sense politically or even financially.
• We recognize that the manufacturing jobs that sustained our parents will never return in the numbers we once saw, no matter how many treaties or international accords from which we divest ourselves.
• Some of us can separate our revulsion for the senseless acts of terror perpetrated by some in the name of religion from the peaceable worship by the rest of its followers.
• Many, perhaps even most of us, still think bearing a false witness or lying is wrong. We expect our leaders to tell the truth, no matter the consequences. We are also generous in our forgiveness.
• There are those of us who believe that Israel could do much more to bring peace to the Middle East, though we recognize the Palestine question is a difficult one.
• A significant number of us want to express our condolences for losses brought by recent terrorist actions and to reaffirm that we stand in support of you, rather than offering snide, passive-aggressive comments.
So, please, other nations, do not judge us by the actions of our current leaders. We promise to work hard to convince our fellow Americans to make better choices next time.