Our Election Process

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Tomorrow is Election Day, and I believe our country is stressed. I know I am. We received our mail ballots, competed them, and delivered them to the county election office. Now we wait, and I suspect that wait will be longer than we all would like. I can only imagine some of the news in the coming days—glitches in counting, lost ballots, challenges, and surprises in outcomes.

It has been a long election season, and I feel many Americans are tired of our political systems and would like some profound change.  Here some suggestions off the top of my head; set spending limits and equalize the playing field.  Then we could move to Truth, a novel approach to letting us know the candidate and their positions. Another idea to consider is vetting the candidates to determine if they have the qualifications and demeanor for the office they seek. 

Now I’ve vented and would like to hear from others how we might improve selecting the right people to serve this wonderful country and its people. Now, go vote if you haven’t and say a prayer for a peaceful resolution of our differences.

…that’s 30 for today.

In Search of Civility and Kindness

I find it very interesting how family members and friends can have such strong and opposite opinions regarding elections. The tone, meaning of many comments are nothing more than cruel. Perhaps its social media and our rush to comment on a post that moves us one way or another.

We see family members who practically assail each other over a candidate, an issue, or a movement. People feeding off doomsday comments while others seem to be goading or attempting humor.

I’d love to see more kindness, civil discussion, and respect for what others think, say, and feel. I’m asking my family, friends, and contacts to help each other practice kindness as we near the general election. Will you join in?

…that’s 30 for now.

The Next 100 Days

In about 100 days, our country will have a general election. Between now and then, we will be force-fed political ads, news conferences, and generally contentious spin. Our mailboxes will be full of candidate flyers. I am already tired of it, and it’s just begun.

Thinking about these next 100 days, I wonder how we will treat each other when it is over? I genuinely believe we are all weary of the pandemic, the protests, and finger-pointing. Should the election turn out to be the opposite of the way I would like it, can I accept and support the majority? (Or Electoral College)

What can we do individually to prepare for whatever the outcome is? How will we act?

…that’s 30 for today.

EMPATHY

We are please to post an essay by Adam Ehlert, Past District Governor of Rotary International, and the recent author of: Atrial Frustration, a Cardiac Arrythmia Saga, which debuted as Amazon’s #1 New Release in Cardiology. 

We are please to add an essay about Empathy, written by Adam Elhert, Past District Governor in Rotary International, and the recent author of: Atrial Frustration, a Cardiac Arrythmia Saga, which debuted as Amazon’s #1 New Release in Cardiology.”

Why has our society become so decidedly un-civil? 

Politics, of course, seems to drive it all.  And that is surprising, considering how much disdain we all seem to have for all in office.  Any office.  At the most basic statistic, Congress has not had the approval of even one-third of Americans in more than a decade.  The much-maligned “Dogcatcher” position is better-received. 

So, if we near-universally seem to despise politics (two-thirds for sure, anyway), why has our public discourse been so “dragged”—in the parlance of the day—by the nonsense of their realm? 

Is it train-wreck voyeurism?  Good old schadenfreude?  Do we need dopamine doses from lamenting legislative inanities?  Are we trying to fit in by following the herd, piling-on the momentarily weak and defenseless?   Why the wedge? 

While not a good-government “Goo-Goo” optimist like my favorite high school teacher, I do believe that people—as people—strive to join, to heal, to uplift, to share, to be good, to do good, to see good (in all!), to take care, and to uphold, eagerly, the Golden Rule.  All without the implicit or wet-ink weight of Congressional blessing. 

Mankind has survived via a special kind of collectivism—especially in a free, open and self-governed society.  We have survived by not mutually-destructing.  So why do we seem hell-bent on it, now, at least rhetorically?  Why, again, the wedge? 

Why is a philosophical difference now the basis to declare one’s neighbor a mortal enemy?  Literally. 

I think we have forgotten to empathize with our neighbors.  That pure, basic, human emotion of kindness and understanding. 

We should not hate our neighbor because of a yard sign or a bumper sticker.  As Tom Lehrer ironically opined decades ago: “I know there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!”  We don’t all have to agree…but in today’s age we sure shouldn’t hate.  In fact, our great country of freedom was built upon the concept of dissidence.  Civil dissidence, of discourse, anyway. 

My suggestion for a quick recalibration via other-shoe perspective?  Take those steps through a hospital.  That’s it. 

You don’t need to be intrusive.  Just mildly observant.  You will see your brothers and sisters in all stages of humanity—relief, worry, unease, curiosity, frustration-borne-of-bureaucracy…and soul-challenging faith.  And while they may deal with it differently from you and from me, we all will share a host of human emotions throughout our lifetimes. 

Let’s try to be understanding.  Let’s empathize.  Let’s be civil. 


…that’s 30 for today. What are your thoughts? Submit a comment or article.