I gripped the steering wheel tightly, with both hands, as I navigated my car through slush and snow and half-rain, while on the radio, I heard a report of Senate Republicans vowing to not even hold a hearing when President Obama nominates a candidate to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
What the hell is going on?
Our country has become a political laughingstock. The mere fact that Donald Trump (a bigoted, loud-mouthed, buffoon rich businessman) has commanded and held center stage in this year before the election is evidence that we have gone way off-track and have little hope of realigning our wheels.
I’m serious. If you expect me to believe that THIS is what politics has come to, well, I just won’t buy it.
You cannot convince me that the people who are chastising, finger-pointing, blame-throwing, and judging Americans are the people we should have leading us. You cannot say that’s just politics – because politics is about making a difference, effecting change, leading with grace and dignity and hope.
I see none of that.
It is POTUS’ right and responsibility to appoint a replacement when there is a Supreme Court vacancy. It’s just not playing nice by the Republicans in Congress who swear to put their hands over their ears and shut their eyes tight to his nominees.
Shame on them.
And shame on us for allowing things to get this bad.
Were a Republican in the Oval Office today, he or she would have the absolute right to appoint a replacement. And if these loud-mouths would hold a hearing in that scenario, then they’d better damn well do so now.
Shame, shame, shame!!!
We are supposed to be the United States of America. Where has unity disappeared to? What has happened to our people?
The fringe elements that we have on candidate stages show us how far afield we’ve run, and how desperate citizens are for real change. We don’t have any standard party candidates to consider, for goodness sake.
And why do you think that is?
We have mass shootings happening with chilling regularity. We have unbelievable terror mounting around the globe. The world is running on a fuel called hate, ignited by fear.
If you think a man like Trump can fix all that, you are so mistaken.
The way to change the tone and the path and the tenor of the world swirling into chaos around us is with LOVE.
Sing it, say it, live it.
To show compassion and understanding.
To offer smiles and hugs.
To feel what another person feels.
To step into their shoes and walk a mile before taking them off.
I’m not trying to be a tree-hugging dreamer. I’m telling you that the only way to make the world a positive place is to start by being positive yourself. By seeing the possibility in partnering with someone across the aisle, rather than getting defensive and shutting them out.
A wise man once wrote that if you do the work in front of you, the rest will unfold as it should. Don’t worry about whether there will be work, or fruits, tomorrow. If you do what you need to today, tomorrow will be taken care of.
Looking into someone’s eyes and seeing that they are devastatingly similar to your own.
That’s the thing of it. Do the Republicans who are opposing POTUS on this matter of appointment see him as a human with a beating heart like they are? Do they think his brand of freedom and the American way are different from their own?
If they cannot relate to him, it’s because they are not relating as humans. It’s because they’re choosing fear over unity.
It’s because they are scared…of what, I don’t know.
The loss of what they’ve always known? That’s dwelling in the distance non-existent future.
The what-ifs of economic unrest and unemployment and other things that might happen but probably won’t and in any case, will end up figuring it all out no matter what?
Remember, we had a terrible economy in 2007-2008. Tons of people out of jobs, home values plummeting, and it was an overall depressing environment.
We’re no longer there.
Things always work out. If you believe.
I’m sick of being angry about our political morass. I want candidates, and leaders, that I can believe in.
Someone, please, step forward. We need the possibility of hope to banish all of these strange and cantankerous characters. And we need it fast.