Some things I was thinking about…
Can anyone tell me when words like compromise, cooperation, compassion and coordination became bad words? Can anyone tell me when “my way or the highway” became the law, rather than let’s work things out? When we decided that “working together” became “I’ll do it my way?” When our heels became so dug in that nothing can move us, no matter what? When did we become “I’m right, so you must be wrong,” rather than “let’s hear your side?” When did civil discourse (that’s plain talking to each other) hit an all-time low, when insults, personal attacks and boorish behavior became an acceptable response to disagreements?
It’s easy to see there are problems, but harder to see how solutions will come. Not “my way or else” solutions, but working partnership solutions. Not everybody is right about everything, but you’d never know it from the political coverage we get, and yet we the people either follow or lead the same way. I don’t see an America where people work together to find solutions that help as many as possible. Where people are accepting to do their fair share. I don’t see that America anywhere. What I do see is people building walls to separate us from each other rather than building bridges to find common ground. Maybe there is no common ground. Maybe things are just too terrible to fix. I don’t believe it, and neither should you.
Make America Great Again is a slogan I’m sure you’ve all heard. If America isn’t great, it’s because all of us-yes, all of us-let it not be great. It’s funny how we can root USA, USA in the Olympics and other sports, but once the games are over, we’re just as divided as we’ve ever been, maybe more so. No one politician or congressman or senator or mayor is going to make America great, if it isn’t. It’s going to take all of us, working together, setting aside our agendas and making sacrifices for the common good. But maybe that’s a pipe dream that is never going to happen, at least not in my lifetime.
By the way, if I ever see on Facebook or anywhere on social media someone say that “so and so should get out and leave the country if they don’t like it” because they say or do something you don’t like, I would like to remind that person that the Indians would like to set up travel schedules for all of the rest of us “come here’s” to get up off their land. They were here first, right? Peaceful protest, no matter if you don’t like the way it is done, is allowed. It’s a part of what the founding fathers call a democracy. It’s how MLK and civil rights leaders got people of color the right to vote, to cash in the promissory note of equal rights.
This isn’t something to bash others, or say who is a better candidate for President. It’s just something I was feeling today and wanted to write about. Feel free to ignore this long, rambling post and go about your day.