Statement of Junior Councilmember Darwish on returning Respect and Dignity to Civil Discourse

As Junior Councilmember, I am addressing the people of Mount Pocono today on the behalf of the youth here in Monroe County. This decision was not made lightly, but rather with a very heavy heart. Being on the Junior Council, it was my expectation that the grime of politics that are so inherent in Washington and in Harrisburg had not yet reached this small town. That the values that have traditionally united Americans: respect and dignity, had not yet been trampled. I  was, unfortunately, misguided. Yesterday, driving home from work, I had come across a large white sign, with bold words written across, “Claudette Williams: deadbeat taxpayer, mentally deficient”. This repugnant show of divisiveness in rhetoric pointed to something much larger. In the recent weeks preceding tomorrow’s election, it has come to my attention that remarks have been made in an attempt not only to degrade those with differing political beliefs, but to silence those people, to drown out the marketplace of ideas, to assassinate diversity, and to, for lack of a better word, lynch democracy itself. To say the least, I am disgusted. I am disgusted by the behaviors of the people who attempt to alienate members of our community based solely on differences of politics. And quite frankly, everyone in this . . . .

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