It’s not enough just to get rid of Trump. That’s just a start. Really, all of his limitations of character are in some ways a distraction. Right now he is a danger, certainly, but some day we will be chatting about how, yet again, “our long national nightmare is over.”
A more serious issue is the lock we seem to me in about how to live together as a people, with our neighbors within and without.
Some say that most of our arguments are over nationalism versus globalism, that is, between me-ism versus us-ism. At question: where do we draw the line between those we care about and those we consider beyond our caring due to some perceived lack of ability to help or some lack of deserving qualities in the other.
And when our line of exclusion from support falls short of someone else’s line of exclusion, well, it’s not long before stones be thrown, not bread.
The curiosity is that all seem to have the best interest of the country at heart – all really feel that their economic model or perception of the social contract is the sensible one.
There is no shortage of sincerity.
And of course there is also no shortage of deception, justified by some (forgotten) sincerity.
From my side I’m always hoping to crawl out of the box and find the unconsidered path whereby all parties can escape the locks that bind us into binary wars and disagreements.
- If the soul enters the body at the 5 month point then a lot of this abortion stuff is so much wasted vitriol.
- What if we focus on strengthening Mexico so no one has to come here and learn a new language?
- Maybe you should get to choose what your taxes pay for.
- Maybe all corporations should be B-corporations.
- Maybe we should get rid of politics and elect congress via sortition.
- Maybe what some terrorists really need is a job.
- Maybe there should be no guns at all
- Maybe all guns should be paintball
When the light came on
I saw that my feet
had been bumping into bricks
from my old school house
and that the mysterious noises
in the dark
were childhood girlfriends
passing though the room,
trailing beautiful children
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”