Wakefield’s recent Town Election marked my 62nd year anniversary as a progressive activist / organizer and saw all six of my pro bono candidate clients for Council / School Committee cruise to victory over their more conservative rivals.
In all that time there has been an unwritten tradition of civility and mutual respect for differences in political philosophy. Many of my friends were and are more moderate than I am.
Yet recently, I see the emergence of an alarming, angry, rightist, conspiratorial–based zealotry that, I believe, threatens the very survival of a healthy democracy. If left unchecked this so-called grievance politics will grow like a cancer until it kills our democracy. We must not let that happen.
I am reminded of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s sage advice: “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”