The Vote Common Good Tour is rolling across the country. In Morgantown, West Virginia, the team met face-to-face with believing voters. They made clear their reasons for calling like-minded Americans to change their votes toward the Common Good.
Christy Berghoef gave the story of her own journey. “I’ve been an Evangelical Republican for most of my life. I was a strong Republican. I was a staunch Republican. I was one of those knocking-on-doors-sticking-yard-signs-in-the-grass Republicans.”
That changed for her, especially as she saw the Trump campaign take shape.
She now calls on evangelical voters to make a different choice. That begins with identifying the problems that need to be rectified. As she puts it, “Before we can engage in restoring wholeness to the brokenness, we have to name the brokenness. . .
“In my country, the United States of America, we turn our backs on immigrants and refugees.
In the United States of America, my country, we rip terrified children out of the arms of their mothers.
In the United States of America, my country, poverty and inequality are on the rise.
In the United States of America, my country, our educational systems rank near the bottom of the developed nations.
In the United States of America, people have to choose bankruptcy in order to pay their medical bills.
In the United States of America, our systems, our legislations, and our tax laws favor those who are already thriving – and kick to the curb those who are already down.
In the United States of America, my country, we throw people in prison for profit.
In the United States of America, my country, racism is woven discreetly and blatantly within our systems.
In the United States of America, my country, we take food away from hungry children.
In the United States of America, my country, the love of money and power has rotted out the foundational moral base of democracy. . . .
So how can it be that this is my country? . . .
We all are in some ways complicit. . . .
We need to wake up. We need to step up and active role in shaping the character of this country that we aspire to become.”
The tour’s next stop is Christy’s home town, Holland, Michigan.
Check out the upcoming stops, and come out to meet the tour if you can!