Walter G. Moss: Like fish in water, we need a sustaining element to surround us. We need a counterculture, or an opposing culture or way of life, to embolden our emotions and imaginations.
Walter G. Moss: What directs Trump’s actions is his narcissism. A narcissism that leaves no room for wisdom or other moral values such as humility or empathy.
Walter G. Moss: I hope that America’s ideological opposites in Congress, on the airwaves, in cyberspace, and in the public square will learn that being faithful to a political party or a philosophical view does not preclude civility, or even friendships, with those on the other side.
Walter Moss: Who can doubt that four more years of President Trump and Mitch McConnell will all but ensure future climate catastrophes? Thus, the election is likely our most crucial one ever.
Walter G. Moss: As a candidate and heretofore as president, Donald Trump has been consumed by his dream of building “a great, great wall” on the United States–Mexico border.
Walter G. Moss: Trump and the justifiers of his economic policies represent, to use the words of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, a case of “Irrational Exuberance.”
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.