A Citizen’s Blog
Purple Ground is based on the idea that “red” and “blue” Americans who love their country can find common ground on principles.
- We love America
- We know that Freedom is not free and we honor our troops
- We do take responsibility for our own lives
- We honestly care about those in need and do not want to abandon those who cannot help themselves
- We do not want a nanny state for those who will not help themselves.
- We agree that Americans have a personal responsibility to help others in need and “be our brother’s keeper”
- We believe that people are better served by a hand up than a hand out (teach a man to fish…)
- We believe that we must be vigilant in defending America and our freedoms against those who would do us harm
- We believe that war should always be the second to last choice, only coming before putting our lives or our country in grave danger
- We believe that we must come up with an immigration strategy that secures our border, treats all huamn beings with dignity and respect, and considers the best interests of America first
- We believe that our current immigration apprach does not do right by citizens, legal immigrants those who come here illegally.
- We believe in personal liberty, over our body, our mind, our speech, the fruits of our labor, our property, our family and parenting, and our speech
- We believe that all America’s laws apply to all its citizens equally and the law is blind to race, class, connections, and political status
- We believe that our government serves the citizens, not the other way around
- We believe that it is the duty of the federal government to protect American citizens’ right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
- We believe that Americans are generally good, hard-working, generous people
- We believe local government governs best because not all towns, communities and cities have the same needs and challenges. And that the most power in government should reside with those closest to the people who are represented: local, then state, then federal, not the other way around.
- We believe that we have a personal and corporate responsibility not to trash our planet
- In God we trust
These principles are not Democrat or Republican. They are American. We disagree on the details, and there are differences in how we substantiate these ideals. First, we need to remember that most of us agree on so many values, we just need to start having straightforward discussions on the embodiment of them. Our Founders themselves disagreed amongst themselves, often passionately, sometimes vehemently. But they worked it out for the greater good of the country. They put their personal egos aside, had an honest debate, and reached consensus.
There are plenty of bloggers out there lambasting the other side. The more time you spend on the internet the more you see there is way to much vile nastiness out there, on both sides. This forum will attempt to engage in debate, not diatribe. This forum will assume that you and I are not Nazis, racists, communists, Marxists, stupid, brainwashed, or un-American.
A friend and colleague of mine, Chris Perez, will also be writing for Purple Ground. Chris is more bluish-purple and I am more redish-purple. We will see where we can find common ground and hold each other’s thoughts up to the cleanzing fire of honest debate and discussion.
For that discussion to be the most fruitful, we want readers to participate in the dialog, always in the courteous, respectful manner that you would talk to a friend. I love feedback and I encourage comments. Before you submit a comment, ask yourself, are you speaking the way you would to a friend that disagrees with you? I will moderate comments in a way that treats us all as friends.
The partisanship today threatens to divide and conquer us. I believe that is not who Americans are. We can be better. Sincere people can agree on core American values and discuss and even disagree on how to live those principles. Let’s reaffirm those ideals that we all agree upon and start from there.
I am leaving a space for comments on this page. If you think there is anything on the above list that is not common or “purple ground” with you, let me know why. I am sure there are things that I am missing too, and I welcome suggestions. The list can grow.