August 16, 2010

Missing George W.

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:17 pm by silversnowdragon

I read an interesting editorial today – written by a Democrat who was pining for George W. Bush.

The thing that caught my eye was the fact that the author, Michael Cohen, points out that George advocated for religious tolerance, even in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks. And this voice of sensibility is clearly lacking in the current leadership of the Republican party.

In fact, that’s one of the main reasons the Republican Party disturbs me: the strident voices  that all seem to be advocating intolerance and hate rather than anything else. Now, I know that not every single Republican is intolerant or hates religions other than Christianity. And by the same token, I don’t think every Muslim is a terrorist or that every urban black youth is a gang member. Every part of society has reasonable members and unreasonable ones.

We need to remember that as we move forward. We have more in common than we think… and we cannot let the voices of hate from any area start to dictate the way we think and the way we act.

I was never a big fan of George’s – from a political perspective, I did’t agree with him on much. But I respect the fact that in the wake of 9/11, he called upon our better nature, our higher selves when he said:  “Our nation must be mindful that there are thousands of Arab-Americans who live in New York City, who love their flag just as much as [we] do. And we must be mindful that as we seek to win the war, that we treat Arab-Americans and Muslims with the respect they deserve … the attitude of this government [is] we should not hold one who is a Muslim responsible for an act of terror. We will hold those who are responsible for the terrorist acts accountable and those who harbor them.”

I would welcome a similar voice in today’s Republican Party… and in the Democratic one.

Hate and fear will only hurt us in the long run, and diminish us as a collective nation.

If  you’re interested in Michael Cohen’s editorial, you can find it here:  

http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/opinion-why-i-miss-george-bush/19594365

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