Even after a year it is a mystery to me, or perhaps I am remain baffled and disillusioned. But no matter how Donald Trump was voted in, it appears that some voters feel they’ve been broadsided enough to be shocked by their own folly. If we are true to the best in each of us, there are lessons to learn from this, afterall, none of us are infallible in our decisions. So in elections where our vote will place someone in a powerful enough position to get things done, we should at least ask some basic questions about the candidates before looking at issues closer to home and beliefs. It is unwise to vote for someone based on our simple responses to closely-felt issues or triggered rhetoric – remember the broad picture really does matters in electing responsible persons.
I ask you before voting for politicians to consider these basic questions:
- Is he/she needlessly aggressive and overly self-centered to serve in the public position?
- Does he or she have both the fortitude to endure criticism without reprisal?
- Does the candidate respect the duties and responsibilities mandated by the office?
- Does he or she have the ability to comprehend, expand on, offer suggestions, ask questions all with a spaciousness of mind?
- Or is he or she pre-prejudiced in certain matters? Which ones and how so?
- Does he or she have the capacity to be inclusive, to express gratitude, have empathy and feel true appreciation or are people viewed by the candidate as either friend or enemy, a threat or ally, someone to like, dislike or ignore?
I tend to agree with Aldo Leopold who said, “ A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the (biotic) community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise”. He was speaking of policies for the betterment of all creatures, still – it applies.
Change is good but only from the standpoint of truly having a deepened knowledge of the issues facing the office but more importantly ~ he or she must first respect the offices set up as the legacy of our collective, inherited institutions that better change may occur.
It is now through citizen action that we must all take care of the earth and its governance. Since governance is now being aborted and undermined by those who govern — it is up to us to do what we can. I urge you to become involved in the issues facing us all in your State and in your community. I have created a page called Citizen Science which lists organizations which encourage citizen participation in data and documentation gathering – take a look and let’s get together. This is when grassroots action becomes essential to all.