November 9, 2018

Dukakis Reflects on Midterm Elections, Current Political and Social Climate

Former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis visited campus on November 7 to offer analysis on the recent midterm Congressional, state and local elections and to share his thoughts on the current state of today’s American democracy.

Emmanuel students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends congregated in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall to hear anecdotes, assessments and advice from the local three-term governor. Dukakis addressed the election's "impressive" voter turnout, commending voter mobilization and participation, and noted the importance of politicians coming together to lay out a cohesive, responsible and effective vision for the United States moving forward.

"You don't get anything accomplished in politics unless you have consensus building skills that bring people together, not separate them," said Dukakis. "First, we must agree on what the problems are; then, you can get to working on a solution. If you reach an agreement on what the problem is, you're halfway to a solution."

"It took the U.S. a long time to become a true democracy," he added, "and is even still working toward true democracy in some areas."

Additionally, Dukakis spoke of his dreams for global peace, saying that he has hope that his family will live in a world where war is ruled out as a means to settle disputes between countries.

"Let's forget all this 'red and blue' stuff," he said. "I hope all good people—parties aside—will come together ... and get this country back on track, and get American democracy back on track. Good people can do great things."

Michael Dukakis Dukakis engaging the Emmanuel Community in the

Reflections on the 2018 Campaign with Michael Dukakis, November 7, 2018

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