An Appeal for Reason: Letter to the Editor
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To the community,
Now that it’s November…
One last (long) political rant for this election season. Forgive me.
I am shocked by the drama, the travesty, of almost every aspect of this election season. It has taken the radical undercurrents that have always run in any election, from dogcatcher on up, and made them the main points. It is an election best exemplified by ALL CAPS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!! rather than reasoned discourse, in both private and public venues.
Democracy is messy, but it’s supposed to be at least somewhat civilized.
People tend to forget, I think, that in a presidential election we are hiring someone for a job, and a very important job. We are asking them to steer a nation of over 350 million individuals in the way that best serves each and every one of those people.
We are looking for someone who will represent a nation that is currently the greatest world power, and thoughtfully work with the leaders of other nations to solve problems as peacefully as possible.
We need to hire someone who understands the multi-faceted needs of a nation that has citizens of every economic level, creed, and color, infrastructure that needs maintaining and upgrading, territory prone to hurricane and tornado and drought and flood that has emergencies to tend to.
We need to look at this prospective employee as someone who can work together with Congress and guide them to uphold their constitutional duties to keep the ship of state sailing smoothly through domestic and international issues.
We need to give this election the same, reasoned consideration we would give hiring a contractor to build us a home. Can they do the work? Do they pay attention to detail? What is their experience? Will they choose quality subcontractors to do the plumbing, the electrical, the sheetrock? Do they know the building code? On and on…
We need to remember this is an amazing country. An experiment in democracy, the infinitely messy method of government that is truly representative of its citizens. A country that in 240 years became a beacon of strength and freedom and prosperity to the world. A nation that is both great and imperfect, reflecting its democracy and citizenry pretty dead on: none of us is perfect.
And we need to remember that, no matter how many like-minded people we surround ourselves with, down the street, across town, in the next state, or on the other coast, there are just as many Americans who think completely differently than you do, and they need to be fairly governed, too.
All the candidates are human. All are flawed. Each brings a different skill set to the table. Get away from memes and soundbites and do your own research.
And quit name calling and fighting and trying to persuade others to think like you do. They don’t. And they have perfectly valid reasons for thinking differently. Insulting the candidates and each other does nothing but show our darkest, rudest, most selfish tendencies.
And witnessing that has been truly depressing.
With all that in mind, please, participate. Get out and vote. Or not. It’s your choice.