Most of the time this is a personal journal and reckoning, but today we would like to expand it to our politics. we didn’t vote for President Trump or for Hillary Clinton.we have in our life and career voted for both parties and worked for candidates on all sides. Today we are a proud independent and see the need for new parties to arise that better represent the majority of Americans who feel our two legacy parties no longer fit our needs in the 21st century.
That day is coming. we didn’t vote for Donald Trump, and have criticized him quite a bit since he was inaugurated nearly a year ago.
The president has done much damage to our country’s ability to come together for the common good and has jeopardized the pursuit of truth in his words and actions. we’ll continue to point this out. But this year we want to do it more from a place of kindness and compassion. although Donald trump is a a bad president but we don’t hate him. I think we need to get to a point in our politics where we can stand up and fight for truth and justice without hating the person we criticize or, even worse, by demanding others hate to prove they are strong and on the side of good or right.
We don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican or independent. If you want to move out into the world from a place of loving-kindness in pursuit of the truth, then you are the leaders we need. But if you enable hate or division, or take an “ends justify the means” approach to winning political or policy victories, then as an American and a human being, I will push back — not with anger or bitterness, but with compassion and a regard for the value of all human beings.
President Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in modern times. He isn’t liked or respected by most people at home or abroad. That hurts our democracy and our role as a moral leader in the world promoting the inherent right of all people to achieve their highest potential and live a fulfilled, happy life.
He has been a disruptive and at times destructive force by exacerbating divisions by race, gender, religion, nationality, and income.
I see folks from different walks of life and political perspectives coming together to rebuild or uphold standards of behavior and institutions that we need and hunger for. People who may have had nothing to do with each other before last year have realized that the values we share are more important than our political differences.
These values include believing that kindness is strength, love is stronger than hate, and beauty is found in every corner of the globe regardless of fame or fortune.
We will give the president and others who have enabled him along his negative path — especially GOP and evangelical leaders — many chances this year to show they also will put these values at the center of our conversations.
And if the president and the GOP don’t change in 2018, they are going to see the American people stand up in 2018 and 2020 and choose leaders who share the values at the heart of what it means to be a son or daughter of God, to be human and they will not choose Donald trump again or some one like him . We hope you will join us on this journey. We don’t need to hate anyone to prove I value love, kindness and justice. we accept that many will call us naive or even worse, and we can live with that. despite the fact that we have a bad president , What we can’t live with, is a life and world filled with anger and hate.