This post was originally written after one of the national conventions. I got distracted and never posted. Here I am, rewriting to salvage my first and only political contribution to the internet. It's not that I'm apathetic (though I am more than I'd like to be), it's just that I don't feel that I have any authority in the matter. But, a good way to not do anything is to not do anything. --
Politics minus politics still equals a broken world. The speeches were dazzling and the Twitter has been buzzing. Everyone has an opinion.
Rainn Wilson said, "Over 6 billion was spent on 2012 political campaigns telling us how good they are with money and debt."
It's pretty bleak out there. Here's my election dream:
Right before we find out who wins, I wish we could find some hippie (or child, or stay at home mom, or elf, or priest or really just about anyone) to address the audience for exactly eight minutes. The speaker would remind Americans that all of this change they are hoping for starts with themselves. Great news! We don't have to wait for a president to make America beautiful.
If we don't want deceptive leaders, we need to stop lying to save our own backs (that's why they do it too). If the republicans don't care enough about the poor, care extra for the poor. Wash their feet; they already wash your windows. If you hate Obama's unfulfilled promises, fulfill your promises. Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. Mentor a child. Become pen pals with an inmate. Be the private sector you want them (who is them?!) to be. Love your neighbors as yourself (i.e. donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts). We don't have enough energy to love and hate simultaneously. Help Iraqi children get heart surgery. There are a million things we can do each day to make our America (and world) three steps closer to becoming the place we intended it to be.
I'm not trying to downplay the severity of this or any election. There are wars, natural disasters, jobless families, sick children, national debt, etc. We need honest and innovative leaders for our country, but let us not forget that we, the individuals, have the power to be more than bitter or complacent bystanders after a leader is elected. We can be the change we keep hearing about.
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