A Buddhist's Call for a Middle Way in Politics

Shortly into giving a poetry reading to a new audience, I sometimes find myself saying—when I'm talking about calm—that I'm a Buddhist.

An accepting murmur from the audience generally follows.

But then I can't resist adding, “I'm a Republican, too.”

Expressions of consternation and shock.

Then I hear myself telling the audience that I'm a “moderate-to-liberal Republican” and voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Previously, I voted for a moderate Republican in the primaries, not for then-candidate Trump.

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