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10/4/2012 1:47:00 PM
"Me" over "We"

To the editor:

Any election year comes with high anxiety about who to vote for or how to vote on particular amendments. It seems to elevate our anxiety with each other, too. People I speak with seem to be easily angered or generally depressed because of the palpable political anxiety in the air. How can we have respectful conversations about political issues without so much hostility?

In this election season, I am increasingly disturbed by those who would put a higher value on "me" rather than "we." My heart breaks for families who are struggling with unemployment and losing their homes. My Christian response is to ask, "what can we do for you?" not, "why don't you get off the couch and get yourself a job?" I find it disturbing that we don't get upset EVERY DAY since 9/11 that nearly as many people in America have starved to death as died on that terrible day.

Me or we? That is the real choice we face in America. I do not believe that one candidate or party represents "Me" while the other party represents "We." We must listen closely for the one who puts community good above personal gain. What I find most disturbing is that both parties have decided that the effective strategy to win our votes is to answer the question, "What is in it for me?" No one seems to be asking us to consider "What is in it for we?" They are asking, "Are YOU better off now than you were four years ago?" rather than are WE? It seems that the constitutional amendments in Minnesota are the same way. How do either of these amendments strengthen WE and not just ME? ME thinking keeps others from the freedoms and choices WE enjoy.

I invite you today to identify how many ways we take that vote:

* People break into line in traffic. Me over We.

* We litter or fail to pick up trash. Me over We.

* Spend rather than give. Me over We.

* My vote is more important than your vote. Me

over We.

* My love is more valuable than your love. Me

over We.

Rev. Barbara Martin

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