To the man who argued with me on Twitter that post-birth abortions were happening (they’re not)

The America where I grew up

You said something that’s stuck with me for hours. You said: “you people are trying so hard to ruin the country.”

I’ll gloss past the “you people” part for the moment (women? Democrats? knitters? moms? podcasters?) and focus on the rest.

This may surprise you, but I don’t want to ruin in the country. In fact, I love America as much as you do.

I grew up in small-town Ohio. I pledged allegiance to the flag every morning. I memorized the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. I played the Star Spangled Banner on my flute in marching band.

I believed then — and believe now — that the United States is the land of opportunity and freedom, the greatest country on earth.

We’ve lost our way, to be sure, but we still have that potential to be a nation where everyone has the chance to thrive.

I don’t want to ruin the country; I want to save it. And I believe you want to do that as much as I do.

What we disagree about is not whether to do what’s best but how to do it. I think we have more in common than what separates us. It’s unfortunate — tragic, really — that decades of political maneuvering has driven us apart, has encouraged us to see each other as the other, the enemy, rather than as people with thoughts and feelings and good ideas.

We have different ideas about how to save the country, but I‘ll bet we have a lot of common ground. We all want bridges that don’t collapse when we drive over them, access to doctors and the ability to pay for their care, excellent education for our kids, clean water to drink and healthy food to eat, and the opportunity to work meaningful jobs and then retire with dignity.

Let’s not let political strategists divide us. Instead, let’s find that common ground, heartily debate how to fix the things that are broken, and take back this country for the people.

Of course if you’re a Russian troll, then please disregard the above.

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