By Ted Wachtel
To those of my friends who insist we shouldn’t judge the police in America on the basis of their most violent members—I agree with you.
I also insist that we shouldn’t judge the protesters in America on the basis of their most violent members—and I’m hoping you’ll agree with me.
As Americans, let’s all stop accepting the most extreme and angry explanations for what’s happening.
Whether it’s Fox News or CNN, The New York Times or the New York Post — they often deliver their news and commentary in ways that reinforce our fears and discourage our mutual understanding.
Their choice of words, especially in the headline, typically reflects the bias of each media.
Fueled by political parties that spend billions on endless election campaigns, partisan advertising bombards us with messages designed to get us mad enough at “the other side” to ensure that we’ll turn out to vote.
Winning is everything.
And when the election is over, politicians immediately begin the next election battle.
Democrats wanted to impeach Trump even before he took office.
Republicans opposed anything Obama proposed, no matter what, from the moment he first took office.
Truth and civility are sacrificed on the altar of power.
Thoughtful conversation drowns in a polarized sea.