Editor: Nature trumped politics in the last week of what has been an unbearably long, unconscionably expensive presidential campaign. I hope that the post-deluge moment is taken seriously as a time to reflect on what kind of society we are and what kind of society we aspire to be.
A presidential election is neither a debate nor an auction. It is, arguably, a sacred rite of passage in a democratic society, empowering citizens to choose what and whom they believe to be best for the country.
We must choose a leader who believes in what we hold up as our basic values — the promise of “liberty and justice for all.” We need a leader who is judged to be up to the task, domestically and internationally — of protecting our nation — from economic decline, from libertarian naiveté and from the growing gap between rich and poor. That gap is not only morally and civically wrong; it is impractical and dangerous.
President Obama is our best bet. He did not create the economic abyss any more than he created the climatic disaster that we have just experienced. He is leading us out of both with compassion and commitment and with the skills of leadership that have proved to be effective under less-than-favorable conditions.
I was heartened when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie expressed praise and gratitude for President Obama’s handling of the rescue effort. How unlikely and hopeful that this declared enemy could reach across the political divide to express his thanks.
We need a government that provides for its people — safety nets when required, education that prepares our youth for the 21st century economy and global citizenship, and the capacity to reach beyond partisanship in its policies and programs for the greater good of all its people — the 100 percent.
Times-Tribune, Publication Date: November 4, 2012