Dear Senator Sanders,

As a native of Georgia from a blue-collar background, I was greatly encouraged by your recent comments about reaching out to white working-class voters. Thank you for speaking the truth in your usual straightforward style.

I agree with you that the Democratic Party has an enormous amount of work to do, if it’s to build an appreciable presence outside of our nation’s urban areas. The first step to accomplishing this goal is to see Trump supporters as they truly are, their strengths as well as their weaknesses, their virtues as well as their vices.

As for me…

As an independent-minded person, my political views rarely conform to those of the Left or the Right. In no case is this more true than when it comes to abortion.

Careful study of the arguments on both sides has convinced me that aborting a pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimesters, is the killing of an innocent human being. Like millions of American women, I see no way to justify the procedure except in cases of rape, incest, or mortal threats to the mother’s life.

Yet, despite this fact, I believe that abortion should be (to borrow a term…

We see the worst in others and the best in ourselves

Sometimes stopping Hitler means seeing the Nazi inside ourselves.

It was April 1945. The Soviet army was on a tear across Eastern Europe. Its goal was the city of Berlin, the heart of Hitler’s crumbling empire. Waiting for them, in a concrete bunker 30 feet underground, was Hitler himself, the final remnants of his sanity dissolving into utter madness. He scurried from room to room, barking incoherent orders to imaginary armies and hoping in vain for a miracle to save him from the avenging allies.

The prospect of answering for his crimes was more than his fragile mind could bear…

Like so many people, I was horrified to hear of the mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand this past Friday. I can only hope that the scum behind those inexcusable atrocities are swiftly tried and harshly punished. There is no excuse for their actions.

At the same time, I was comforted to see the solidarity and sympathy expressed for the victims by people across the globe. Leaders from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, and secularist organizations offered their condolences. …

Living on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina may seem like nothing more than a minor geographical oddity. But that’s only until the human element is factored into the equation. When that happens, the simple act of crossing a state line can change everything about a person’s political identity.

This is especially true in the year 2019, when the US is divided into tribes of hyper-partisan ideological warriors. …

Ezra Wilson

A folk philosopher, freelance writer, and lifelong gadfly.

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