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The Fault in Our Election

2016/11/09

We live in the same country we did before the election, the only difference is that all of the things we mistakenly tried to keep hidden in the dark corners of our lives are now out in the open for the whole world to see, and where we can no longer pretend that they never existed. The division, the division of the haves and have nots, the division of the educated and the uneducated, the division of religion, the division of race, the division of sex. We have to admit that we have allowed these things to continue to thrive in the dark, because we were too afraid to admit these things might be growing within ourselves as well. And we have to admit that we have failed to believe in the most sacred of the texts in our constitution, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” Their Posterity has failed to keep this promise. We have failed to uphold our duties as Americans. We made this happen with our neglect. The fault belongs to us.

We have forgotten the words of President Roosevelt, and we have allowed fear to become our constant companion, granting it power to rule our every decision. Letting our fears bring us to a place where anyone that disagrees with us is our enemy and deserves to be defeated. A place where the change necessary to live in a global community, a global community that we ourselves have promoted through word and deed, those changes have become what we fear and fight the most. And we have allowed that fear to give rise to a group of bullies and charlatans, who have played into our fears well enough to convince the people that there is no man behind the curtain, and all the smoke and mirrors could not possibly be hiding the truth, and they have done this for the sole purpose of gaining power for themselves and their own agendas. They have no concern for the “common man,” and in the coming days that will very quickly become apparent.

Some might try to say that the disgruntled voters running to a third-party savior are to blame for this turn of events, but they would be wrong. No, fear is once again at play. Fear of the bullies led great many people to vote with their anxiety and ignore their conscience, allowing another group to play on their fears to push their agenda. People were willing to sell out their morality and beliefs in the false hope of protecting themselves from that which they feared in the bullies. While they wanted change, they were willing to settle for the status quo, because they were convinced that it was the only way to defeat the bullies. Today, we know they were wrong, and their souls are crying out in more pain than any others, because they finally know at what cost they were sold.

In my personal opinion, the Republican Party sold its soul years ago when it tied itself to the so-called Christian Right. The Christian Right is a fallacy, because there is no place in the Christian text that allows for hatred, judgement, division, or politics. In fact, there are countless passages teaching against all those things, and it makes me embarrassed to be lumped into the same category as these people. Barry Goldwater was right when he said, “if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise.” The purpose of the party system was to make sure no one side could be allowed to work unrestricted, because through compromise, all the needs people would be met with fairness. As we have seen, the Republican Party has abandoned the practice of compromise, and has spent the last six years practicing obstructionism to the detriment of the entire country, no matter the cost.

This is not to say that the Democratic Party is by any means perfect. Starting with their abuse of the majority they carried during the first two years of the Obama administration, where instead of taking the high road, they played the exact same partisan politics they complained about from the Republicans in the previous eight years of the Bush administration. They gave the Republicans all the ammunition they needed to turn the tides again two years later. But perhaps their biggest failure was thrown into the daylight when it became public knowledge that they failed to listen to their constituency, and worked tirelessly to rig the nomination for this election. In their hubris to “make history,” they ignored the will of the people and forced not only their agenda, but their pre-selected candidate. The knowledge of their deception was the leading cause for unaffiliated voters and the disgruntled Democrats to jump ship to a third-party candidate. So in essence, by denying their party members a true democracy, they killed their own party in this election.

It could take decades to reverse the course we are currently on, or it could take another massive tragedy, which is historically the only way we have been willing, as a country, to make those great leaps in evolution necessary to succeed in this world. I sincerely hope that is not the case, because I do not wish a war or another event like 9/11 on the world, but sadly, particularly after this election, I have little faith in the American people and their ability to embrace and enact change. Please, America, prove me wrong, and make this the event that opens your eyes, and inspires you to make the changes we need to continue to “and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

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