Disclaimer: I am no political pundit, but something needs to be said.
The past few months have been filled with political rhetoric and it’s obvious that, as a result, nothing is getting done. Our nation is at a crossroads and what we need now, more than ever, is collective desire to engage in meaningful conversations that lead to solutions.
At one point or another, we’ve all adopted a “my way or the highway” attitude. When I think back to the times when I’ve subscribe to that single-minded approach, my success rate is not very good. I’m sure the same applies to you.
The New Reality
Washington is broken. Our state legislatures are broken. The people we’ve elected to do the people’s business have abdicated their responsibilities. It is practically impossible for democrats and republicans to get along because each side doesn’t want to give in.
We can continue to be a nation that is divided or we can commit to making today the first day of the new America!
In the movie “The American President”, President Shepherd (played my Michael Douglas) has a great speech at the end of the movie. Here is part of the script (or you can view it here):
America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms.
We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you …. (insert the name of whatever politician you like here) ….. is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it.
I realize this quote is from a fictitious president in a Hollywood movie and we shouldn’t take our cues from movies but we’re in trouble and we need to change the tone of our national dialogue.
We’ll be on the road to recovery the moment we tone down the rhetoric and shed our labels. We are not liberals or conservatives; democrats or republicans; socialists or capitalists … we ARE AMERICANS. Let’s start acting like we are one nation and role up our sleeves and engage in meaningful conversations about how me fix our problems and move forward!
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