Aug 25, 2019
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Letter: Divisive statements don’t belong in government

During the last week, it has been reported on the internet that the president of the U.S., Donald Trump said, “Abortion is murder.” At the same time, the vice president of the U.S., Mike Pence said, “All homosexuals should be eliminated.”

The harshness of these pronouncements allows for no debate on these social issues; they allow for no balance or equilibrium to exist in human societies.

They are demagoguery statements and have no place in a democratic system of government.

One is reminded of a question asked by Nobel Laureate George Seferis in 1945 at the end of WWII, when people sacrificed so much to defeat Nazi fascism, when he said, “What should an intellectual do in the face of the religious fanaticism unleashed by the political orthodoxies of the time?”

To save freedom, justice and human dignity, part of the answer to Seferis’ question must be that we must emphasize the “We” (the communal mind), and not the “I” (a politician’s opinion).

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