What lessons learned?

As I sit waiting for the election fireworks to begin my thoughts already are racing to what’s next.
A new poll shows that 80 percent of the American public is disgusted with the election process this year.
Let’s let that sink in for a second.
We’re talking about a process that has been held up as the gold standard to the world for some 240 years; the radical idea of a country not ruled by a king or a dictator or a cadre of the powerful but by the people themselves.
A system that stood as proof that a peaceful transition of power is not only possible, but enviable in an enlightened society.
Today there are those who believe that either their candidate wins or the system is rigged, that the powerful will still get their way just like everywhere else.
That cynicism is dangerous, not only to the future of the country but to the concept that initially brought the country to life in the first place.
The system is only fair if our side wins. Really?
The truth is that the only way to save a system of We the People is to have We the People act.
But do We as a People have what it takes?
Dreams of Elections Yet to Come:
Real change means holding candidates to standards of civility and withholding donations to anyone who crosses the name-calling line regardless of beliefs.
Viewers turning the channel when the stations allow enraged talking heads to start yelling at each other.
A world where people vote with their dreams instead of their fears.
Can we train ourselves in the difference between what is political news and what is infotainment circus fireworks?
Do we have the will to hold those differences accountable?
At the time of this writing I don’t know who the next president will be.
I do know we have to do something.
This has been the most divisive election in history; polarizing Americans by gender, by race, by economic status and by ideology.
A once lauded system of choosing leaders reduced to ashes by the scorched earth policies of two groups willing to do just about anything to win the prize.
We have to do better. There’s more at stake than just the next four years of the presidency .

One thought on “What lessons learned?

  1. Tanya

    I agree with your post. As a nation we all need to check ourselves. What kind of a impact are we living? I read about so much bitterness and deaths because of this. I am sad as to what is happening. I have been thinking don’t look back at what is happening (or be turned to stone…maybe you can guess what I am referring to).

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