So election day has come and gone. I’ll admit, being a registered Democrat I was a little giddy. A little. For a moment I felt hopeful because the majority of the American people were thinking and voting…like me! If we could hold on for 2 more years, maybe ALL the folks running the government would think…like me! Because lets be honest, we all think that if everyone would think like us, there would be no more problems in the world. I’m sure that’s how the conservatives felt 2 years ago.
Then I remembered something. When the Republicans had control of everything there was no Republican Utopia being experience by everyone. Likewise, when the Democrats have been in charge of everything, no Democrat Utopia comes to fruition. Why? Because you can create whatever Utopia you want, but it has to be lived in and enjoyed by Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Green Party folks and lets not forget about the "I don’t give a shit about any of this" people. In other words – a bunch of different Americans with opposing ideas have to live, work, and play TOGETHER, regardless of who’s in charge.
Interestingly enough, we do. Every day. All day long we get along and get on with it. We put out fires, save lives, pay bills, keep the economy rolling, educate children, pretty up our yards, cook meals and buy groceries all while being surrounded by people that are nothing like us.
So here’s an idea. Why don’t "we the people" simply DEMAND that our elected officials get along? If the Evangelical right wingers believe that there was an arc, driven by Noah that housed lions that didn’t eat antelopes for the 40 days they were adrift, then expecting elephants and donkeys to co-exist without carnage and destruction should seem reasonable or at least feasible, right?
In all sectors of society, democrats and republicans solve problems, meet deadlines and show progress while being respectful to one another. They have to or they get fired. So why not demand that once the elections are over, we expect good old fashion, functional problem solving. Communication. Mediation. Fairness. That’s what’s expected of us low life, peons. If we can do it – I think the big wigs running the government should have to do it.
This could be the most important, powerful 2 years of our government. The Dr. Phil moment in American politics when the parties decide if they want to be right – or if they want to solve problems. The turning point when the two main opposing forces show by example how to work together to create functional solutions. Imagine the trickle down effect of that.
Or they can just fight and get nothing accomplished as usual. That’s fine, too, but they shouldn’t be surprised when we the little people, follow their lead.