America is a majestic ship, constructed in the late 1700s ― worn-in, but still seaworthy. We (the passengers) co-own the vessel and hire the crew. For the most part, we agree on certain things: people should have a right to live peacefully; we should come together in times of distress and when our values are threatened; we should treat each other fairly and aspire to provide everyone with access to essential resources needed to exist free of suffering.
There are many destinations to sail toward, and we are generally split between a few options. We disagree ― often passionately ― about which island to head for.
But at the moment, we have a bigger problem than arguing over where to steer. The crew, led by an unpredictable and arrogant captain, has started sabotaging the USS America: disrupting the communication systems, drilling holes in the hull, hoarding rations for allies. They’ve started false rumors to pit groups of passengers against each other.
The ship is taking on water. Systems are in disarray. Communications are down. If we argue right now about which island to go to, we’ll be arguing as the ship sinks into the cold, dark waters of the night. We’ll never see any island.
So, we are left with a choice. Do we, the passengers and owners of the vessel, band together to save the ship, or do we keep arguing about which island to steer toward? Hopefully the answer is obvious.
We, the rational passengers, must see past our ideological differences and band together to see that our ship gets repaired. This will require replacing all of the sycophantic crew members with people who have the moral foundation and the guts to wrestle control of the ship’s systems from the unprincipled captain.
Commence: Operation Rescue America