The election is over
The discussions are done.
The polls are closed.
The votes have been counted.
It’s time to move on
and to get the job done.
This is a page from my journal.
This is not a political statement.
This is not to suggest, pro or con.
This is an invitation to listen silently – an invitation to think quietly.
The billboards along the neighborhood streets are slowly disappearing.
The mail boxes packed with campaign literature are empty except for the usual bills.
The TV ads have changed from campaign talk to the best show to watch,
the best product to buy.
Did you vote?
What happened to the pride of standing in line to vote?
What happened to the appreciation of our freedom to vote?
What happened to the belief freedom is a right that brings responsibility?
What happened to civil communication?
Have we forgotten one of the Ten Commandments – Treat others as you wish to be treated?
Have we forgotten the Revolutionary War, when the English across the sea did not want us on their new land? Was it ever theirs?
Have we forgotten the Civil War, where fathers fought sons, families fought families, the northern Yankees fought the southern Dixies to unite the land as one?
Have we forgotten the early pioneers who crossed America in covered wagons and settled on Indian land? Never once asking who was there first.
Have we forgotten the Civil Rights marches where whites fought blacks about one land or two lands, one land of the free, one land of the enslaved?
Have we forgotten Martin Luther King’s eloquent speech, “I have a dream that one day all men will be treated equal.”?
Have we forgotten the American pride we felt when America was called a melting pot?
Have we forgotten the Bill of Rights that all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?
The answer, my friend, is not blowing in the wind. Mahatma Gandhi said it best – “We can make the change to make things better.”
So perhaps, just maybe perhaps, it may be up to you and me to this time to get it right without a fight.
Are you listening?