Two days after the election I joined with a group of friends, men and women, in Washington, D.C., to discuss our fears and hopes. We were more interested in listening to one another than arguing about the uncertain future. And we weren’t about to let political differences divide and destroy long-term relationships. Friendship and family are too important for that.
I knew the people in the room well enough to know that we share a few common commitments that we hope will guide President-elect Trump as well. Among them:
Shaped by ethical core values
Authority used for the collective good
Particularly for women, and all those who may differ from us
To disagree agreeably
Empathy for the poor and strangers among us
As fairness, the Golden Rule among nations and individuals
Where the majority protects the rights of minorities
Is this too much to hope for?
Will they be found in the leaders we choose to follow?
We’ll meet again in six months to see how it’s going.