Walter G. Moss: The ex-president’s words were typical of his stress on values. Not only did he consistently emphasize the importance of empathy, tolerance, and diversity, but also other values such as rationality, kindness, self-reliance, self-discipline, mutual responsibility, temperance, and optimism.
Walter G. Moss: Although President Trump has often demonized those who oppose him, we should remember that we can vigorously oppose his policies without demonizing all his supporters.
Walter G. Moss: In a Boston speech a century and a half ago, Douglass insisted that “our greatness and grandeur will be found in the faithful application of the principle of perfect civil equality to the people of all races and of all creeds, and to men of no creeds.”
Walter G. Moss: Demonstrate more pragmatism. Show voters that he is not only a good, passionate, caring human being, but one who can work with others, including Republicans, to get things done.
Walter G. Moss: Although progressivism as a political movement did not manifest itself in the USA until the final decade of the nineteenth century, progressive thinking appeared much earlier and was sometimes linked with religious beliefs.
Political wisdom, a compelling national vision (new but building upon the past), and a personal background that meshes with that vision—these are qualities I’ll look for in a candidate who I hope can beat Trump.
Walter G. Moss: Trump’s philistinism and disrespect for our environment is all too common, as is lack of aesthetic appreciation—note his constant budget proposals to kill the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.
Walter G. Moss: Capitalism has become increasingly distasteful to many Americans, especially younger ones, who associate it with too many negative connotations.
Walter G. Moss: Various liberal and progressive publications have found fault with some of the details of Brooks’ reparations article, but come on! He’s a conservative and yet willing to recognize that reparations to African Americans might be a good idea.
Walter G. Moss: One reason for not jumping in yet to support a specific candidate is that it is still too early to tell who will have the best chance of defeating Trump and who will develop the best environmental policies.
Walter G. Moss: Whether it is the struggle against racism, or sexism, or homophobia, or corporate greed, or environmental devastation, or war and militarism or religious bigotry—real change never takes place from the top on down.
Walter Moss: Lincoln and FDR understood that to reach people, to motivate them, to win them over, a president had to appeal to their emotions, and storytelling was one way of doing so.
Walter Moss: If things are more out of control than previously, how did we get in such a mess? Main answer: Our inability to wisely manage accelerating technological changes.