The New Alternative Reality for America
The obvious lack of coherent and inspiring rhetoric from the recent inaugural address demonstrates that this President is not at the level of prophecy or vision that earmarked Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan or even John F. Kennedy’s call to action. It did however set many into action. Based on unrevealed evidence, points of controversy and huge unrealistic goals this speech fueled the flame of fear, broadened the gap of separation and drove a wedge of mistrust between everyone who is struggling to survive in a chaotic world. The 99% of us who are striving to provide a decent life for our self and our loved ones cannot isolate from the rest of the world and then benefit at the expense of others.
This is not okay because what America needs, and the world, is clarity at the level of leadership. There is a need for a call to action that bridges our differences in the stale political arguments which have consumed partisan extremes. There is a need for strengthening the will of the people over the weakening of our representatives and senators through the greed of those seeking absolute power for individual self-riches and fame without care or compassion for others.
The problems facing our country is the failure of the power in Washington, D.C. The transfer of power back to the people is not brought about by exacerbating the cost people are already burden with. The people, as indicated in the popular vote, did not favor hate, bullying or negative tweets. The average individual is generally doing all they can to make a living and provide for their loved ones. The establishment of our Constitution, Article 1, section 1 states, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” My understanding of this is to allow the people to have a representative voice in how we are governed. It is incomprehensible to believe that anyone individual could be knowledgeable in every issue or concern for a nation of this magnitude. Therefore, there is a required trust and willingness to expect our elected officials to hear us and speak clearly for our concerns.
The pressure elected officials must endure to maintain sensitivity for the voice of one, hundreds, or even millions of voices is daunting. Compounded by the costs of a campaign, be informed, stand in integrity, resist temptation and find relationship with family & friends, the representative must navigate the process of and hold strong to a clear vision of the prize they represent. We demand much of them, more than most are willing to endure. The process is important. The process is how we govern. Denial, refusal and stacking the deck only serves the self-interest of absolute power. Leaders that can unite people understand that words matter, not divisive rhetoric or mocking. Uniting people requires listening to others, respecting they have a view that may be different, then working towards agreement where we can and striving to create balance through the process of governing, seeking success and not putting any one person, place or thing first, above or superior to another. United means we must be in this together, all of it, all the time.