Sherwood Issues North Carolina Values Video and Paper on Kindness

The lack of kindness poisons all efforts at building relationships across the aisle says senate candidate in fourth position paper on ‘Real North Carolina Values’

November 3, 2016

kindnessLENOIR, N.C. – Continuing with his release of videos and position papers on the need to restore real North Carolina values to the North Carolina General Assembly, Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for N.C. Senate District 45, today issued a video and paper titled, “Real North Carolina Values: Kindness.” The first installments on North Carolina values focused on civility, integrity and courage.

Sherwood explained, “While, at one time, political good-will and genuine kindness among legislators was quite common in North Carolina, that is no longer the case. The lack of kindness poisons all efforts at building relationships across the aisle. As a result, we end up with gridlock, or when one party enjoys a super-majority like the GOP has for the last several years in North Carolina, you get legislation passed out of pure hubris – and that often gets overturned by the courts.”

He offered, “For me, the Golden Rule – doing onto others as you would have them do onto you – is the core of meaning of the word kindness. If you treat others as you want to be treated, you’re being kind. It means being thoughtful. It may mean acting or speaking with discretion. Obviously, to me, the Bible is the source of the Golden Rule, but the vast majority of the world’s religions value kindness as a fundamental characteristic for functional human relationships.”

Sherwood continued, “Indeed, the Christian faith tradition – the faith tradition which the vast majority of voters in the 45th Senate District claim as their own – teaches, ‘Stop being mean, bad-tempered, and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ’ (Ephesians 4:31, 32).

Art Sherwood

Art Sherwood

“That first verse sounds like an admonition for our times, for our community, for our state, our nation – for us all,” asserted Sherwood. “The rancor has no place in our lives. We must coexist. All that means is that we live out our faith – and common human decency –kindly in the public square. The second verse is a guide as to how to be kind to one another. We know what we expect to see in a kind person. We know a kind person is capable of empathy. A kind person knows that if you don’t take time to consider who somebody is, where they are coming from, and their life experiences, you don’t know how best to be kind to them.”

Sherwood concluded, “I pledge to use the bridge of kindness to find ways for us to work together for the greater good of the state. Kindness is likely our best hope to end partisan bickering. We must work to make our enemies our friends. We must break down barriers. In doing so, we will open dialogue and hopefully start finding common ground again. Really, there is no excuse for not being kind. We can each simply decide that we will speak and behave kindly, regardless of what others might choose to do.”

Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. Early voting is underway and runs through Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 8.


Contact the Campaign

To speak with Art Sherwood, please call (828) 434-0563. To speak with Campaign Manager Michael Barrick, please call (828) 434-8520.

Position Papers

Restoring Real North Carolina Values: Kindness (with video)

Restoring Real North Carolina Values: Courage (with video)

Restoring Real North Carolina Values: Integrity (with video)

Restoring Real North Carolina Values: Civility (with video)

Ask Any Teacher if Raleigh Republicans Value Education

Voting Rights Reforms are Long Overdue

Faith in Politics and Government

The Environment: Fracking and Related Pipeline Development 

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