I believe we are not as divided as we’re being told we are.
I believe that many of us want the same things: for our nation, and for the children of our nation.
I believe that we want our kids to be safe at school.
I believe that we want a government that makes prosperity possible without interfering with our freedoms.
I believe that we support, appreciate, and celebrate the Constitution.
I believe that we do not want to live in or leave behind a damaged, polluted Earth.
I believe that we want to be leaders in the global economy.
I believe that we want access to health care that keeps us and our families well.
I believe that many of us would like to feel that our country can defend its borders and protect its inhabitants as necessary.
I believe that many of us want business and industry to prosper, that economic growth can benefit the greater good.
I believe we might disagree on the solutions to these challenges, but I also believe no one “side” or platform has all the answers. Instead of deciding that we are too different to come together, we can recognize the value of a diverse and pluralistic society. We need not only varied voices at the table, but also to commit to listening to all of those voices, so that we can identify those points on which we can move forward, and the creative, multifaceted approaches that can help us do so.