Retired airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed the well-known “miracle on the Hudson,” mentioned Monday that “this isn’t the America I do know and love” in a message encouraging voter participation forward of the midterm elections.
Sullenberger wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that he “witnessed the perfect in individuals” on Jan. 15, 2009, when he led 154 individuals to security by making an emergency touchdown on the Hudson River after a malfunction.
“To navigate advanced challenges, all leaders should take accountability and have an ethical compass grounded in competence, integrity and concern for the larger good,” he wrote.
Tragically, individuals in positions in energy in the present day should not projecting their greatest, Sullenberger wrote.
“Many are cowardly, complicit enablers, performing towards the pursuits of the US, our allies and democracy; encouraging extremists at residence and emboldening our adversaries overseas; and threatening the livability of our planet.”
“Many don’t respect the places of work they maintain; they lack — or disregard — a fundamental information of historical past, science and management; and so they act impulsively, worsening a poisonous political setting,” he continued.
Sullenberger mentioned that the “present absence of civic virtues” shouldn’t be normalized.
“We should rededicate ourselves to the beliefs, values and norms that unite us and upon which our democracy relies upon,” he wrote. “We have to be engaged and knowledgeable voters, and we should get our data from credible, respected sources.”
Sullenberger wrote that he has been a registered Republican for almost all of his grownup life however has “at all times voted as an American.”
“We can’t wait for somebody to avoid wasting us. We should do it ourselves,” he wrote. “This Election Day is an important alternative to once more show the perfect in every of us by doing our obligation and voting for leaders who’re dedicated to the values that can unite and defend us.”