Terrorists dont just blow up buildings. They arent all suicide bombers. They are also those who seek to destroy our democracy from within
by spreading hate, fear and division.
We, as a nation of diverse citizens, have honest differences about how things should be done to solve the problems of our country, and who should take charge of those solutions: government or the private sector. We have different ideas about the economy, the balance of trade with other nations, how to reduce the price of energy and health care costs, how to solve immigration reform and the out-sourcing of jobs. If we can come together in rational discourse, we can find solutions to all these problems.
But when we are continually distracted by the lies and distortions around this or that politician, the terrorists win. When we are consumed by fear or hate, anger or greed, the terrorists win. When we spend our time calling our fellow citizens names and pitting neighbor against neighbor, when anger is the prevalent emotion when we think about the problems of this country, the terrorists win.
When we allow our values and our liberties to be overridden for the sake of so-called security, the terrorists win.
There are many talk show hosts that have an agenda of their own, that seek to divide us. We must not support them or spread their vitriol. While free speech is a cornerstone of our democracy, we can choose not to listen to those who offer fear and hate, sound bites instead of solutions.
When we take the time to do our homework, to dig for the truth, to seek compromise, to take responsibility for our actions, America wins. When we hold our elected officials accountable, America wins. When we acknowledge our differences as well as our ideas and ideals in common, America wins.
There are a number of emails that have been making the rounds castigating one political party or the other, sent as gospel but grossly inaccurate and in many cases outright lies. We must take the responsibility of checking information before blithely sending it on as the truth. With Snopes.com and Factcheck.org it is easy to sort fact from fiction. Those who seek to spread lies and vitriol and pit us against each other are the anonymous terrorists who seek to destroy our nation and they are gaining traction.
Let us regain the high road and take back the America of tolerance, integrity, and ingenuity. Let us regain the America of neighbors and communities working together. We have the ability to have constructive conversations and more than enough ingenuity to find solutions to the problems that beset us. Let us be more than the sum of our doubts. Let us defeat liars, fear mongers and greedy profiteers.