Letter: Bridging the divide will take courage, leadership
There is a great divide among our country’s citizenry.
Letter to Republican lawmakers.
Our country, our constitution and other democratic institutions are under siege.
There is a great divide among our country’s citizenry. On one hand, most people understand the truth: our recent elections were fair and accurate. They understand no significant fraud or cheating has been found in any of our 50 states or the District of Columbia as well as in the more than 60 court cases brought on this matter in district courts up to the Supreme Court.
Yet tragically, a significant number of people continue to believe that the election was “stolen.” They have been misled principally and repeatedly by the president, along with right wing media, especially, social media.
It is going to require courageous leadership to avert more bloodshed and threats to our nation. During the proceedings on Jan. 6, several leading Republicans showed this courage: Vice-President Pence, Senators McConnell, Graham, and most convincingly, Sen. Romney. Now is the time for you to stand up, for you to show leadership and courage. You understand the truth. You also know that many people who support, respect and listen to you need to hear this truth from you. Yes. There will be blowback. Leadership is hard and always gets blowback.
The choice is: Do you place country above party or personal political aspirations?
This is an historic moment with implications for the very existence of our democracy. It is the harsh reality we are all immersed in. You have been given both the privilege and responsibility of leadership.
Judith Hoffman, Rochester