by Joshua Freed
Elections are a great example of the liberty we enjoy, and help preserve the freedom we cherish. Each election has a result that one side celebrates and the other side potentially feels slighted or disappointed.
The most recent national election has both sides thinking deeply about certain issues of importance. Though many may not see eye to eye, we can certainly stand together for the love of our county and the deep cultural diversity that makes us strong.
Immigration is the bedrock of how our country was founded so many years ago. People were fleeing from oppression of their religion and other repressive actions.
Deep divides in the immigration conversation come when either side of the argument reduces themselves to hateful speech. Both sides are guilty of quick judgment, whether it be claims of bigotry and racism or hate-filled labels and name-calling, or even worse.
We have risen out of great adversity in this county and will continue to do so with each challenge that comes before us. At the core of our fabric are people who will stand against hate while seeking understanding of perspectives and allowing for productive debate.
Our personal and family stories are powerful and it is our obligation to share them. It is right and proper that we listen and do our best to understand the struggles around us as we may find more common ground to pull us closer than push us apart. We don’t have to like everyone we meet but we certainly should love them.
Even though someone doesn't agree with your viewpoint doesn't make them evil. Freedom in America allows for differing opinions on topics but we must keep the conversation respectful.
Certainly we can find common ground so that no one becomes a victim of hate and is cast from the conversation.