I voted today and, no, I’m not telling you who I voted for. But as has been the case the last several elections, I voted a mix of right of center and left of center views and realize that as a straight white guy of protestant beliefs, I’m sitting pretty, for the most part, no matter who wins. I have friends and family though, on both sides, that certainly feel differently and that’s what concerns me going forward.
Our political system is broken and the main culprit is fear. So many people are making so much money keeping Americans scared. Scared of losing a child. Scared of losing a job. Scared of the unknown. Scared of not getting what we deserve. Scared of someone else getting what we deserve. Civility is at an all-time low and so is empathy. There are too many echo chambers and not enough melting pots.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve seen time and time again people change positions when it begins to affect someone they love, so it seems like we all would be better served by increasing the pool of people we love. Not just family or friends, but neighbors and strangers. We’ve all got a lot at stake in this country and a representative democracy doesn’t work without feedback from the represented.
Voting is actually one of the least effective tools we have as Americans to make our voice heard so don’t let your voice go silent after the election. Contact your representatives, volunteer for causes you support, donate money to worthy and transparent organizations. I’m not all that great at math, but I think an active 99% is a pretty sure bet to beat even the most highly motivated 1%.
Now go do some good in the world.