We don’t have to go very far to hear and see vitriolic rhetoric from this presidential campaign. On a recent research trip to Chappaqua, New York, where Hillary Clinton lives, there were competing signs near the turn just before her her home: Stop Trump read one and Hillary for Prisonment read the other. It makes me long for the snippy, “You’re Likable Enough, Hillary” from the 2008 campaign. That was considered one of the most uncivil moments of the campaign.
What I propose is that we all cut that out and instead focus on the educational opportunities inherent in this election. In a few weeks I’ll be headed to an educational program at the Democratic National Convention where I’ll have the honor of leading twenty college students through the convention program. We will discuss how each candidate is framing their view of what it means to be an American. I’m really excited about the opportunity to engage, in civil discourse, about what is happening in our country. There will be an array of great speakers and of course, the backdrop of Philadelphia could not be more perfect.
The next time someone wants to engage with you in an uncivil manner about this election, I propose education. Take a look at the online constitution that I’ll be using in my fall American Studies course. Good stuff. Here’s to domestic tranquility and the blessings of liberty for all.