Threats against Democracy
"We will take the torch of responsible government: a government in which all parties are civil of each others’ thoughts, where the discussion focused on policy, not insults, and where every human respects every human regardless of race, age, gender or party."
To: Interested Parties
From: Matti Miranda, Policy Director, New Leaders Council Innovation Foundation
Date: October 18, 2016
Subject: Threats against Democracy
In 2011, 18 people were shot at a constituent meeting for a U.S. Congresswoman. Six people died in Tucson, Arizona as a result.
Just last Sunday we learned that the North Carolina headquarters for the GOP was vandalized. Firebombs were hurled through windows and messages of hate were left behind. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
This adds to the latest headlines of the hate we hear almost daily during this election. Lack of civility has transformed to violence at the highest levels of American democracy.
This is the greatest threat to the democracy that has and will continue to make the United States of America a nation where we are allowed to dream and are given the opportunity to make those dreams a reality.
Recently the NLC community urged the influencers to change the narrative – to discuss issues that will lift people up, to consider displaced communities and improve the opportunity we share. It’s a sad day when millennials instead need to ask to stop the hate. With the same breath, we take the challenge to be the ones who will be the next leaders and influencers. We will take the torch of responsible government: a government in which all parties are civil of each others’ thoughts, where the discussion focused on policy, not insults, and where every human respects every human regardless of race, age, gender or party.
If you are a part of the NLC community, or someone who just wants to learn more, join us tomorrow to discuss the election and the impact it will have on millennials, hosted by NLC Senior Media Fellow Richard Fowler.
We look patiently but not passively to make these changes. With the last presidential debate of the most important election happening tomorrow, it is the last chance for issues that matter to be discussed. We hope that not only issues, but civility and respect will take center stage.