Opinion | How to Make America America Again – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

What is there left to say about the terrible murder of moderate Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its aftermath? Only one thing, and I have said it before, but I feel it even more strongly now: In the midterm elections, vote for a Democrat, canvass for a Democrat, raise money for a Democrat, drive someone else to a voting station to vote for a Democrat.

I don’t say that because I’m particularly liberal and want to shift the whole country to the liberal agenda. I say that because I’m particularly American and I want to put the best of American values back at the center of our diplomacy and politics. President Trump has spent two years attacking our best values — truth and trust — and I believe that Democrats getting a lever of power is necessary, but not sufficient, to reverse that.

Democrats could blow it if they get back a lever of power and use it just to bully Trump and Republicans the same way he has them. But I’ll take that chance. Because there is a basic respect for truth, science and decency in the Democratic caucus and because I know that two more years of the G.O.P. holding every lever of power and blindly following Trump’s basic disrespect for truth, science and decency will make it impossible to elevate America’s best values.

via Opinion | How to Make America America Again – The New York Times

Thank you Thomas Friedman. Here is my favorite comment:

Braden Clement
Yarmouth, Maine

This is a call to action, and I thank Mr. Friedman for it. On the night President Trump was elected, my wife woke me up distraught about the election results. She was shocked and scared about what the future would hold for women. Neither of us were able to go back to sleep, so we got up in the middle of the night and we talked. We have two young kids, and I remember thinking, for my kids’ sake, I just hope that Mr. Trump is not a war monger. I had this feeling that we could withstand his rhetoric, and his chest beating, and his vulgarity, and even his policies for four years. But what I feared, in that moment, is that he would start a war that he can’t finish and it would consume my childrens’ lives. Well, as it turns out, I was right, just not in the way I would have thought. It is worse than I thought. President Trump is waging a war against Democracy, and it will consume the lives of my children, and yours, if we don’t stop it now at the polls. Mr. Friedman has been desperately writing about it, waving the red flag, and sounding the alarm for months. He is not kidding around. I am going to listen to him.

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