MARK FAIRBANKS

The Winchester Star’s editorial page for the past several weeks has been full of letters that spew anger and hatred for the opposite political party. Our nation is being cracked wide open by such strong, nasty emotions on each side. Some say that such vitriol has not been this bad since the beginning of our Civil War! Certainly, this is not the way our democratic country should be.

There are also terrible divisions regarding Covid-19 and climate change. To wear a mask or to not wear a mask has become a political issue rather than a health and science issue. The destructive weather we are having with extra big wild fires and more severe hurricanes also divides us politically. Some say there is nothing we can do to change nature; we just have to adapt to the changes. Others, including Citizens Climate Lobby, are more optimistic, convinced that we can make a difference by decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases shooting into our atmosphere.

The presidential election is bringing these differences to a rolling, steaming boil. We tend to dehumanize those who oppose our political views. That is wrong and self-defeating. As Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely, they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Listen to the “Braver Angels” (the modern equivalent of Better Angels) who make this promise in order to live together in harmony. This is their pledge. “Regardless of how the election turns out, I will not hold hate, disdain, or ridicule for those who voted differently from me. Whether I am pleased or upset about the outcome, I will seek to understand the concerns and aspirations of those who voted differently and will look for opportunities to work with people with whom I disagree.”

This is the way to get along with others who do not share our views. Let us all become “braver angels” and make our country great again.

Mark Fairbanks is a resident of Frederick County.

(20) comments

Journey2goremtns1

@Nuri, Spock - Well? I'm waiting.....

Journey2goremtns1

@Bernie Mac - Absolutely right.....I'm still waiting to hear their service records.

Journey2goremtns1

@Nuri, spock - I served 7 1/2 years United States Army, Military Police Corps, 1978 - 1985. 4 1/2 of those years were overseas in West Germany. First assignment was at NATO Site 111 physical security of nuclear weapons. Second assignment was at Ansbach, West Germany Military Police Desk Sergeant. Stateside duty was at Fort Meade Maryland. When I left the Military, Honorable Discharge, I served as Police Officer for 25 years. Now tell me your service record!

Bernie Mac

Don't expect to see an apology from those two internet bigshots. They are all talk, lies, hypocrisy and projection. No courage or humility.

Doc Samson

@Journey - [thumbup]

Journey2goremtns1

@Brown - "restore sanity and decency in this nation" Like rioting, arson, destruction of public and private property, murder, and the list goes on....You need to wake up, my brainwashed socialist!

Spock Here

As you continue to ignore the white supremacy threat ongoing in this country. Isn't it time to turn your Pavlov tape to the other side? Look up "GI Bill" when you whine about "socialism."

Bryan.the.Nuri

You really think @journey here had the guts to serve? Or to even sign up?

Spock Here

No, but I thought maybe his dad did.

URA SNOWFLAKE

Not that I care but did you serve Bryan? I don’t see you as a intellectual, maybe the town jester because no one can take what you post as being serious. You probably practice in front of your 17 cats and they don’t take you serious either. Maybe you can learn from those that served. Special thanks to everyone who served in the military.

Bryan.the.Nuri

You don't really have any substantive comebacks anymore, do you? "sOciAlIsM!?!!!?" is the only thing that comes out of your drool-speckled mouth anymore.

Get a new line, man-child. Your cowardice and ignorance show every time you post; neither quality is admirable.

Doc Samson

Hrrrmm... I think it would be possible if both sides had the same goal, i.e. make America great (again). Alas, when one side's view of "problem solving" is to destroy the very foundations on which the country was founded... well, it doesn't (or shouldn't) take a genius to figure out that some irreconcilable differences are... irreconcilable...

Bernie Mac

These days there are only two kinds of Democrat voters. The ignorant and the destructive.

john brown

Vote Blue! down the ballot

restore sanity and decency in this nation

Bernie Mac

That would be "down the toilet".

Doc Samson

[lol][lol][lol][lol][lol] "restore sanity and decency"? Oh, my! Thank you for my morning laugh!

Spock Here

Of course, the cultist laugh, we know it well. Like when M Mitch cackles insanely about how he blocks relief legislation and Supreme Ct Justice hearings. I pity the family you subject that "laugh" to

Doc Samson

Aw, more projection? Can't get enough of that Hillary laugh track? [lol]

Seth Thatcher

Great Open Forum, great quote!

Eredmon

Great Forum, Mr. Fairbanks. Kindness and respect of others and their personal beliefs, have no political party. Thank you, sir!

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