Restatement of food for thought
My dear countrymen, we are freemen! But, can we keep this Republic?
In this America we all sit at the table of freedom. We are fed different kinds of political food, usually, according to our thoughtful or un-thoughtful preferences. Some of us want to eat all you can. Some want a smorgasbord. Some want vegan. Some only want red meat. Some of us are engaged in forced feeding or being force-fed. Some of us want to limit the menu to fast food or big bites of “Eco-Chamber Delight.”
Unfortunately too many of us want to limit who can sit at the freedom table. Too many of us want to limit who can eat at the freedom table. Too many of us want to limit who can earn a seat at the freemen’s table.
In recent years some of us not only want to limit who can sit at the table of freemen, but would by hook or crook forcefully remove many from the table regardless of when we ourselves arrived. Some of us hoodwink freemen into eating the American meal as bondmen and bondwomen against self-interest. Can we keep this Republic without making room at the table?
My fellow Americans! We all desire good meals! We all desire healthy meals! We may have different political tastes. But, we must also consider whether any individual or group can remain healthy when much of the political food coming to the table is coming from garbage cans, or is covered with verbal toxins.
Our political food has become contaminated with toxic communications. Verbal pollution is noxious, destructive and destroys human relationships. Can we keep this Republic without sharing common respect, common decency and personal honor?
Now is the time for all freemen to call upon our “better angels” and to determine with our voting voice how to de-contaminate our political food, de-contaminate our public discourse and ensure that we can keep this Republic and ensure there is always more room at the freedom table, the freemen’s.
Dr. Musa Ansari, MPA, JD