The “Hero of the Hudson” who steered 154 passenger Flight 1549 to safety in 2009 writes in a new op-ed for the Washington Post:
“The fabric of the United States is under attack with too many people in power — cowardly complicit enablers — projecting the worst qualities. This is not the America I know and love. We’re better than this.
Those in power are acting against the interests of the United States, our allies and democracy; encouraging extremists at home and emboldening our adversaries abroad; and threatening the livability of our planet. Many of these leaders do not respect the office they hold and they lack — or disregard — a basic knowledge of history, science and leadership by acting impulsively, worsening a toxic political environment.
I could not let my silence or civility connote acquiescence. We cannot wait for someone to save us. We must do it ourselves. This Election Day is a crucial opportunity to again demonstrate the best in each of us by doing our duty and voting for leaders who are committed to the values that will unite and protect us.”