Carry the weight of democracy
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
It is Sunday, Aug. 4, a morning in America. We awaken to a beautiful sunrise and two separate mass murders. One of the causes of this slaughtering is hate fueled by the loud-spoken rhetoric of others. We must take notice of this new paradigm of vitriolic spewing because any of us could be next in the line of fire. America’s new romance with revenge is now too pervasive to think otherwise.
We may be helpless in this, but not without responsibility. If there is an elected official who partakes in this dangerous, targeted, goading of hatred, we can take away their public platform. For instance, if one thinks that Ilhan Omar is too spiteful, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too divisive or Mitch McConnell is too fork-tongued to be given a public platform, one can vote them out or contribute to the campaigns of those who would oppose them. The Democratic Party is soliciting low dollar contributions and pushing back the corporate hold on campaigns. That low-budget contribution to either party can come from us. We can take our principled idealism to the bank and the voting booth.
Perhaps Mr. Rogers, the good neighbor, can be the canary in the coal mine of this dangerous quagmire. Consider the words spoken by our elected officials. If she or he doesn’t sound neighborly, use your vote or your purse to quiet them.
In mythology, Atlas carried the weight of the world on his shoulder. We also have to do the heavy lifting. Our democracy is frail, the sky is falling, ignorance is no longer bliss. We can’t turn our heads, throw up our hands, or be satisfied with hate mongering. We must be truth seekers with several verified sources of public information to keep our road maps of politic rhetoric honest and current. Democracy depends on this.
Alison Lord Stuart