Contributor: Bill Moore
I come from a big family. All our lives, besides enjoying one another’s company, we’ve argued and wrangled about matters large and small. Somehow, though, we’ve managed to keep talking and resolve our differences or agree to disagree.
I’ve been a union member on and off since the 1970s. And I’ve found the union to resemble our family in many ways. We don’t always agree, but, somehow, we keep working together on things we agree are most important for most members, while not ignoring issues that may affect only some.
I’m disturbed by the discord in our country right now. And I’m especially troubled by leaders like Donald Trump who seem intent on aggravating differences rather than trying to resolve them. Fact is I stumble over the word “leader” as a description of our President. Even “President” does not seem a fitting title for an individual who is constantly sowing misinformation and stirring up discontent, division and hate.
Our family has survived and grown older and wiser by working through our differences. My union is stronger because – no matter what – we stick together for justice and equity.
Our country needs to hang together too and not allow dividers like Trump to tear us apart. We’re the U.S.A., the United States of America. We need leaders who help us stay that way and grow in unity to meet the challenges we face.
*Restoring American Democracy