Time for introspection for pro-Trump crowd
To those who voted for Donald Trump and plan to vote for him again, I say, good job.
You won in 2016, and you may even win in 2020. It doesn't matter what morally corrupt things he does, or how many untruths he tells, you will vote for him regardless. You are entertained by him and enjoy watching his interactions with the fact-checking media and his opponents as he calls them derogatory names while the crowd chants to “lock 'em up.” You love his arrogant self-worship, along with his lack of humility. You see him as almost a messiah. You wish horrible things on those who oppose him.
You have welcomed him into your hearts. There is no turning back. What have you done? My God, what have you done?
A hopeful step for wardon climate change
The news of Sen. Mike Braun's leadership in forming a Senate climate caucus is encouraging on two fronts. As much as I am proud to have a Hoosier leading on federal climate change action, I am equally heartened to hear the call for bipartisanship.
We have a generation of young Americans who have experienced nothing of government other than gridlock. These same young people will bear the brunt of the consequences of climate change. Now, more than ever, we need leaders willing to set an example of bipartisanship.
Many of the Hoosiers I know value hard work and pragmatism. We expect the same from our leaders. This is especially important for the issue of climate change, which will affect Hoosiers in a wide range of areas.
Braun's decision follows a long heritage of conservation by Republicans from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush. These leaders recognized the universality of our responsibility to care for the earth. As Ronald Regan said simply: “Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge; it's common sense.”
To me, true leadership requires the ability to honor your core values and simultaneously be receptive to and acknowledge the value of others' ideas. To take meaningful action, we must work together.
I am hopeful this caucus will serve as an example of bipartisanship; engender informed and productive dialogue on climate change; and result in effective and meaningful policy.
The challenges presented by climate change often feel overwhelming. However, we must remain hopeful. More importantly, we must educate ourselves and take action. We should support the efforts of those leaders in our community, our schools and our government who work to address these challenges. Climate change action is more than policy; it's protecting our communities, our families and the people we love. This will require us all working together.
A matter of history
Are Republican speakers attempting to rewrite history? Their repeated claims that Democrats are going against the will of the people are a fallacy. Donald Trump did not win the popular vote in 2016. Shades of Orwell's “1984?”