That’s not leadership
To the editor,
Real political leaders want to unify the country because we can accomplish more working together than fighting amongst ourselves. Real leaders know that as important as our institutions and laws are, they are not enough. It is our common values that unite us. We may fall short at times, but our better selves know what our American values are, and they include judging people by the content of their character not their heritage, religion, social class, race or wealth. Above all, we must value truth over propaganda and lies. So, if our leaders lack our values, we must stop them.
Donald Trump turns the truth upside down, calling reputable fact-based newspapers fake, and his baseless and unsupported assertions true. Even if you think the Washington Post and FactCheck.org are imperfect, the thousands of researched falsehoods are too much.
His values are not our values. Since when do we mock the handicapped, or cheer when the strong bully the weak, or call immigrants murderers and rapists, or threaten witnesses who dare testify against him? Since when do we not care that Russia meddled in our elections or that our president extorts Ukraine by withholding the arms and aid they need to defend themselves from Russia?
We are facing huge challenges. Other countries are getting more competitive, jobs are moving to “low-cost” countries or are being automated. It’s obvious that people are anxious and upset, and it’s easy for a leader to blame the immigrant, the Muslim, the “other” for our pain and fear, but they are not the problem. If we focus on the shiny objects Trump presents, we will look for answers in the wrong place. Good leaders look for solutions; bad ones find someone to blame.
When Trump is being Trump, that’s not leadership, that’s what dictators and tyrants do.
Grand Haven Township