Moderates of the world unite

A truck driver in Detroit has been charged with threatening to kill President Trump.

Can you believe the country we’re living in nowadays, people? What’s so surprising about that story is that nothing is surprising at all about it. People on all sides are so angry and so hateful towards each other; it’s hard to see how we can come together.

Listen, I’m not always a fan of this president, or of the last one, or the one before that. I think I’m the last living true moderate who just isn’t happy with any politician, but we need to all take a step back and take a breath and think about what we’re doing here.

This is a single country, unified, and we’ve got to find a way to live together. That means grumbling about how clueless our politicians are and then moving on with our lives. I mean, come on people, is it that hard to do?

It seems now we’re all stuck in our partisan worlds where the other side is always wrong all the time, and good ideas only come from our side. That’s a dangerous place to be, and I don’t like America’s chances going forward if we can’t get over this stuff.

I still think we will, though. This is a big fight, but it’s not one we’ll get divorced over. We might need some marriage counseling, a little time to work through our issues honestly so we can get back to not thinking about our politics so much and no hating each other so much.

Because, really, aren’t we just hating ourselves? If we hate our fellow Americans, we hate ourselves. It’s that simple. I don’t know how you can believe in this country and not believe in the basic decency of every one of your neighbors: left, right, and center.
We’ve got plenty of problems in this country. Rent is high, income is low, health care is expensive, truck drivers want to assassinate our president, if they don’t want to ram into cars on the road. We’ve got too much poverty, too much addiction, too little education, and too little hope.

But we aren’t going to solve any of that unless we stop fighting and find some things we can all agree on and work towards those things.

We could all get behind fixing our roads and updating our electric grid, right? Well, let’s push Washington to do those things. We could all support better emergency responses to natural disasters, right? Well, let’s make that happen. What about going back to outer space, going to the moon or Mars? Why are we leaving that to corporations and the Chinese? America needs projects she can believe in again.

I know I’m not alone in this. I may have said I’m the last moderate, but I bet I’m actually in the majority. We just like to keep quiet and keep our heads down. Well, maybe it’s time we lifted our heads up and shouted loud enough that all those bickering on the sidelines realize we’re the ones who are actually on the field, doing most of the playing of the big game.

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