Did you see Senator Dan Foreman of Idaho freak out on students!? If not, check out the video here.
Here's my open letter to Senator Dan Foreman:
Dear Senator Foreman,
I want to talk to you about civil discourse because you clearly do not understand the concept. In fact, you have so little understanding of it, that I am going to give you a visual example. You should really watch the new marvel film Black Panther. It is a great movie, and has classic examples of civil discourse in action. One of the amazing things about Black Panther is the ability of the groups in Wakanda to have discourse (not just physically, but civilly) over what they think is right.
After watching how you spoke to Idahoan collegiate students, I have to admit I was horrified. You say you're Roman Catholic (I was confirmed, Saint Amand) yet it was the current Pope Francis who said this quote:
"Every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: 'Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?' If you don't ask those questions, your governance will not be good."
While abortion we clearly know is an issue for you, the students were wanting to speak about birth control, and more comprehensive sex education. What is your goal? Do you understand that with increased birth control and comprehensive sex education we could prevent abortions? Aren't preventing abortions your end goal?
I think your wife, children, and grandchildren would benefit from seeing strong women like the general (who is a woman), and little sister Shuri. They probably would also love seeing you unafraid to confront women with different opinions than you with the same value of improving the lives of your incumbents.
In Black Panther, at the end of the battle between factions, the General is fighting her husband when he asks if she would kill him. Her reply? "For Wakanda? Without question." While no one should jump to that conclusion to help improve our country, the same ferocity needs to be had to bring ourselves together to have a discussion at a table.
We all need to begin finding shared values. Religious, non religious, black, white, it doesn't matter. We are equal, and we need to have civil discussion about how to create the best future. You need to treat your constituency with courtesy even if you disagree. Otherwise, with the ferocity from the general of Wakanda, we will take you on at the polls.
Issa revolution. Who's ready to become a Pink?