Friday, November 08, 2019 1:00 am
Wins can't be counted on Election Day alone
I have a large number of friends who vote but are not overly involved in the process. They say they just can't take it. The nightly news bombards them with what seems to be the worst in humanity. Some of our leaders not only abandon their promises but our American values: looking out for our neighbors, participating in our communities, fighting for what we believe.
When Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the United States in 1830, he “believed that equality was the great political and social idea of his era, and he thought that the United States offered the most advanced example of equality in action.” Tocqueville also warned of becoming so assimilated we lose the individual in the crowd. We have arrived at that place. While we praise the individual's accomplishments, we also tear them down when their ideals are not exactly our own. While we raise someone up for being brave, we tear them apart because of the way they express their bravery. We give lip service to diversity being the nation's strength then demean and slander our neighbor.
We have fallen for the “all or nothing” philosophy. Someone else is either on your side or they're not. An issue completely aligns with your values or it is worthless. Politicians are all greedy and self-serving. We've gotten to the place where winning is everything and nothing else matters.
We must take over ownership of what winning looks like. Don't allow an entire election cycle's worth of work be dictated by results from a single day. Every time a new voter registers, that's a win. Every time a citizen is engaged in the process, that's a win. Every time a volunteer sacrifices their precious time to make their voice heard, that's a win.
Count your wins every day with gratitude in your heart. Those wins should be celebrated. When the little wins are given more value, compromising with those of differing ideas or beliefs becomes much more attainable.
A disturbing worldview
What bizzaro world does Rep. Jim Banks live in? When a president extorts a foreign government to influence a U.S. election, withholding congressionally approved (taxpayer) funding to provide security assistance in Ukraine's fight against the Russians, and thus attempts to buy an election using taxpayer funds, Congressman Banks refers to this as “nothing.”
Jerry Van Buskirk
Let's get to the truth of this national crisis
If someone came to your door and said “Your child has been hit by a car,” what would you do first?
Would you call 911 then run to the scene of the accident to investigate? Or would you spend precious minutes challenging the person who came to your door? Even if you didn't like or trust the person, would you ignore the information they were offering?
There is mounting evidence that the president's actions have endangered our national security and continue to do so. Can we agree on the need to investigate, immediately and thoroughly? If there is evidence that none of this is true, we will all be relieved to learn that.
If our country is truly in danger, the sooner we can acknowledge the truth of the situation, the sooner we can take steps to fix it.
Helen Frost Thompson