We Hold These Truths

A message to my fellow Americans

Valerie J. Alexander, Ph.D.
The Bigger Picture

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On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, I listened to arguments made by members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding whether or not to impeach President Donald J. Trump for a second time. The persuasion of every argument seemed to hinge on the presumption of truth-telling. Whether Republican or Democrat, each person who approached the mic did so with the posture of “I am telling the truth.”

We are living in divided times. Exceptionally contentious times. Riotous and violent times.

Conservatives and liberals have, for centuries, fallen on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum and everywhere in-between. But in 2021, we have grown so far apart that we can no longer hear what is being said on the other end of the spectrum. We no longer tolerate views that are diametrically opposed to our own. Democrats feel justified in ousting Republican incumbents. Far-right-wing proponents seek to strip and obliterate leftist ideology from American ideals!

As a result, we find ourselves living in a nation steeped in riotous behavior. Not only did we witness violent atrocities in our nation’s capital on January 6th, but there are reportedly more threats alleged in the coming days.

In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. said that riots are “the language of the unheard.”1

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Valerie J. Alexander, Ph.D.
The Bigger Picture

Political scientist, sociologist, and theologian by training. I write about politics, racism, faith, and whatever hits me. Twitter: @Alexander247_9