More government intervention in our lives or less? More freedom or greater “security” in a dangerous world? More religious liberty or a more secular society? More economic opportunity or more “fairness”? More personal responsibility for our lives or more “rights” conferred by our government and funded by public debt?
The economic, political and moral implications of the answers to these questions will shape our nation for generations to come. No wonder we’ve battled so ferociously for so many months.
When the questions before us are as consequential as this, civility is ever more required.
On Tuesday, in honor of our system of free and fair elections, a friend posted this quote from Thomas Jefferson on her Facebook page: “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
Jefferson was a smart guy, but then again, he didn’t have Twitter.
Still, he had a point.
The election is behind us now. It’s time for healing to begin so we can commit to strengthening America for the sake of future generations and the world we lead by virtue of that strength.
Healing requires civility, which begins at home and extends to our communities through the simple, respectful act of remembering we are free, first and foremost, to disagree with one another.