When ideology supersedes the common good
the cause becomes a righteous one;
Rhetoric gets substituted for truth
and action replaces common sense.
Trying to guard our constitutional rights
while neglecting our social contract…
“that all men are created equal”…
is a failure of moral responsibility.
If we are to survive as a country
we must show one another
respect and dignity
in the face of disagreement.
Without cooperation and compromise
our dreams get squelched by violence
as we implode on ourselves…
knowing WE are right!
Painting: Dwight L. Roth
My poem today was inspired by thoughts from John Paul Lederach’s Saturday news letter , The Pause.
John Paul Lederach
Senior Fellow at Humanity United and Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame University.