Let’s move to center, seek common ground
With President Trump’s 100 days in office and its many disappointments, I’ve pondered my role as a power of one. I am on a resist Trump communication network and dutifully write letters to support climate change, building bridges instead of walls and maintaining our nation as a refuge for immigrants. I am a founder of a not-for-profit charter school, so Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ for-profit charter mindset makes me angry. But my main goal of helping to keep America great leads me to reflecting on useful ways of doing so.
Recent columnists in The News have suggested centralist politics as a tool for change. Centralists oppose political changes that would result in a significant shift of society either strongly to the left or the right. I am beginning to be a believer. Far right and far left are just too divisive. Nobody seems to be a winner and lots of people are angry. I’m going to the center, maybe kicking and screaming, but it seems the right move for me at this time. I abandoned my friends who voted for Trump and the women who didn’t even bother to vote. It may be time to talk to them again. Perhaps together we can make a difference.