We Need Wise Leadership-Not Demagoguery
Thomas Paine is quoted as saying: “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
As Americans, we do not need further division in these difficult and often-frightening times.
Watching the televised Democrats' debate this week, I was disheartened to see Senator Joseph Lieberman's attempt to create division within the party where there is none. His attack upon the views of Howard Dean was unfair, at best. Democrats need to be united in their focus on the failures of the Bush administration in foreign affairs--especially the Middle East.
The current 'road map to peace' has not convinced the rest of the world that we are putting forth enough sincere effort or focus to help secure human liberty for all people. Every time a journalist classifies a suicide bombing as part of the “cycle-of-violence”, it sterilizes the horror that people are actually living out in that part of the world. The Middle east was virtually ignored for the first 18 months of President Bush's term. Lip service just hasn't been enough to inspire or persuade these troubled leaders.
We don't need to slip into demagogy or more inane rhetoric on this issue. We need a leader to roll up his/her sleeves and get personally involved to build and act for a meaningful peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. I can't think of a foreign policy issue more deserving of an American President's personal attention and devotion. After 9-11, we can see that our own American liberty and security depends upon it.
My American heart tells me that Howard Dean will be the man who will roll up his sleeves and begin this work, winning other hearts and minds as he rolls along.
Regardless of who wins the presidential nomination, I hope to see a more honest Democratic debate. Franklin D. Roosevelt said that "repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." If candidates are going to challenge one another, they should do so truthfully. There is no dignity in demagoguery when it comes to the Middle East. Give us a leader who will show the world that America has genuine caring toward her brethren, regardless of race or religion. If America can once again prove its religion is “to do good”, mankind will surely listen.