Tomorrow Is Election Day in the United States

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.”

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