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Howard Schultz: “What Will You Do to Unite All of Us?”

Yes. This. I almost stood and cheered this morning as I read the Op-Ed piece by Howard Schultz in The New York Times, where he argues that we need servant leaders in Washington, not petty and partisan politicians.  Here is my favorite excerpt, which focuses on working across differences:

While Americans have diverse views in what they want from Washington, I reject the notion that our divided and dysfunctional government is merely a reflection of what the political class calls the red-blue divide. Too many of our political leaders are putting party before country, power before principle and cynicism before civility. The common purpose that created this great nation, which has united us in difficult moments, has gone missing.

Our country is in desperate need of servant leaders, of men and women willing to kneel and embrace those who are not like them. Everyone seeking the presidency professes great love for our nation. But I ask myself, how can you be a genuine public servant if you belittle your fellow citizens and freeze out people who hold differing views?

Every one of the candidates offers grand promises about new leadership and new solutions. But where do they stand on working with their rivals? Regardless of who wins the presidency, the odds of the same party controlling a filibuster-proof Senate are slim. If we want to turn the nation around, we have to act differently. Save for the most rabid partisans, most people don’t want one-party rule. They want Democrats and Republicans to work together.

Americans who are tired of politics as usual should demand a clear answer to a simple question from every candidate: What will you do to unite all of us?

Schultz, H. (2015, August 6). Howard Schultz: America deserves a servant leader. The New York Times [Op-Ed]. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/opinion/america-deserves-a-servant-leader.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&module=inside-nyt-region®ion=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region