For many of us the current issues in the White House raise concerns based not on partisanship but on patriotism. I currently identify as a progressive and have voted for Democratic candidates in the major elections for over a decade. However, I started out as a conservative and voted for Republican candidates in major elections for close to a decade. And I didn't leave behind my values when I transitioned to a new political identity, I brought them with me. I understand those values in a new way, the values themselves haven't changed.
I think we as a nation are bigger than one party, one ideology, and we are failing to show that. And I mean we, as in all of us, not a veiled reference to the group of which I am not a part.. A friend of mine recently commented that politics are not sports-- choosing your team and then unquestioningly rooting for them is at best a lack of sense. At worst, it is a sign of not paying attention.
In response to this climate of polarization, my friend founded social justice apparel company- Wear My Values. After one successful Kickstarter, he is preparing to launch another. His vision is one in which there are visual images of solidarity, positive messages to suggest the better world we all believe in.