As the world now knows, the 45th president of the United States will be Donald Drumpf. The campaign trail was a long and torturous journey as we watched two of the most disliked candidates in U.S. history battle for our nation’s highest office.
Our nation is fractured and badly damaged. These last two years have only emphasized the divide that has pervaded our people. With the ease of social media, falsehoods abound and are shared without a second thought. Each political side thinks (and expects) the worst of the other side’s candidate and their adherents.
We have allowed the selection of one political figure to take the majority of our attention for the better part of two years, and in so doing, we have lost the best of ourselves. Speaking of the best… out of an estimated 100 million adults eligible for the office of President, we chose these two as our candidates? Surely we can do better.
I have good news. All is not lost. While it is our fault that we accepted the false choice of the two main party candidates, we can still do much to make our voices heard. We can right the ship and get to a safe harbor. The keys to this goal are to be the best people we can be and to be positively engaged in our political system.
We should be eagerly engaged in outlining the principles we expect our local representatives to uphold. We should communicate with them often.
We should hawkishly watch for failings in our leaders and speak out in support of good things they do.
We must understand that it is okay to disagree politically and that we should not shout one another down.
We should focus on the positives and promote the welfare of those in our circle of influence.
We must strive to see the best in our fellow humans.
We must be kinder toward each other.
We can be champions of freedom and justice.
We can build a more peaceful world.
We can do better than yesterday, every day.