The core of my campaign is our common humanity. Common humanity can be explained in a religious and a non-religious manner whichever one appeals to you most. The religious manner is that we are all sisters and brothers, children of God!
The non-religious manner was explained by President Bill Clinton at my daughter’s college graduation in May, 2017. He pointed out that ninety-nine point six percent (99.6%) of our DNA is identical. It is the point four percent (.4%) that we see. We have so much more in common than we have that is different.
This is our common humanity. We have more that unites us than separates us. The Republican Party can be the Big Tent Party to cover all of us, and that is the platform that I have laid forth in the site www.SaveConnecticut.com. What has alarmed me beyond the budget impasses in Hartford and the 47th worst fiscal ranking of Connecticut, is political correctness, identity politics and the illiberal winds of intolerance blowing across our college campuses and threatening to blow into our local communities.
Identity politics are pushed by the .4 percenters, who wish to divide us by race, class, ethnicity, gender, creed, etc. Theirs is a poison to our cohesiveness as a nation. In fact the New Republic magazine recently sounded the battle cry that “[i]dentity politics isn’t the problem for Democrats. It’s the solution.” November, 2017 ed., p. 14. I reject their divisive politics and ask that Republicans, Democrats and Independents join my campaign for our common humanity. Identity politics exercised in other countries has led to great human suffering.
We stand in good company as former Ambassador to the United Nations and former Mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young, along with James A. Baker III, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, August 31, 2017, Identity Politics are Tearing America Apart! Our common humanity is the antidote for the poison of identity politics and the .4 percenters. Mssrs. Young and Baker correctly quoted Martin Luther King’s 1965 commencement address at Oberlin College: “Americans must learn to live together as brothers and sisters. Or, we will perish together as fools.”
The answer to divisive politics is: Our Common Humanity!