In the United States, school students might still have “Problems of Democracy” classes. This is where we learned that Democracy is a process, not a product. With cultural, technological and social ethics changing, it’s difficult to keep the values inherent in Democracy constant from one generation to the next, morphing the noun into a verb.
These last months have presented our choices as “either-or,” and that’s the difficulty many of us face as we contemplate that voting booth: what we want is an a la carte menu – a little from each side, but not the whole thing from either.
That’s not the choice we get to make tomorrow, however.
|Our election can be simplified if we look at the pieces of each side and categorize them into two columns: separation or unification. With these two extremes, maybe the question we should be asking ourselves is which approach best solves the problems our Democracy could face: division or agreement, force or compromise, prohibition or invitation. Separation has roots in fear; unification is rooted in love. Once we choose separation or unification, our vote for problem solving clarifies itself.
In either case, it’s important to remember our Perfect Union is a work-in-progress, and sometimes making progress is messy. We should also remember George Jean Nathan’s words: “Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.”