Marchers right to stay on message
Jan 25, 2017 | 4508 views | 0 0 comments | 435 435 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This weekend, millions marched in defiance after President Donald Trump took office. It's important that these marches, like the ones in New York City, Washington D.C. and other cities, employ a politically savvy tone and stay away from cathartic name-calling.

In Washington, that was very much the case, with nearly five hours of policy-heavy discussion and rhetoric. There was the occasional insult hurled at the man that's made that kind of talk a hallmark of his short political career, but mostly it was about support.

As difficult as engagement is, it's impossible to get anyone to see your point when you start the discussion with insults.

It's why so many women and minorities failed to see the plight of the Rust Belt working class, because it was often delivered with a slur. And it's why so many Trump supporters refuse to listen to what they deem to be elitist thinking.

There's a clear disconnect in discourse and it's not necessarily up to either side to address it. It's coming from both directions and it may not stop any time soon.

It's a combination of a lack of respect, as well as a lack of understanding. It's impossible to put yourself in someone's shoes or see their viewpoint, but we need to do our best to try.

So if you don't agree with the president's policies – and that's what they are now, they are no longer campaign rhetoric – then march. But march where the focus is on protecting the rights of women and minorities and not on the children or appearance of the president.

Freedom of speech and assembly can be an extremely powerful tool, don't squander it by wasting your breath to make yourself feel better. Use it to help lift others up and protect their way of life.

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