Please go read this, I’ll wait.
The crux of this post that stuck with me was this point.
Americans know things are bad. They know the economy is struggling and economic inequality has not been adequately addressed. They know that the environment is a huge issue that everyone is whistling past. They worry their children may not be able to go to college and if they do, there will never find a job that recognizes their worth, or treats them with dignity.
Americans deeply fear all these things, and they are desperate for solutions. How else could we sprout two diametrically opposed ideologies in two years? What they long for is a movement, and a set of leaders they can believe in.
This should be a huge red flag to those of us who believe in progressive causes. We are accustomed to believing in the rightness of our efforts, and believing that we act with the best of intentions and integrity. Unfortunately, we have been caught up in the classic election year pattern — we give lip service to high principles but in practice become totally obsessed with the electoral outcome. Hence we read far too much into the results of one election (as in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2010) and forget that the country hasn’t really changed for the better and until it does, our ability to make progress is deeply constrained
I believe that we also tend to complicate certain issues when we don’t have to. There are only a couple of ways to get on a horse but we tend to spend a lot of time talking about the best and most effective way of getting up on the saddle that we delay the journey.
We need to just get on the horse.
When everyone is shouting about the strategy and blaming and yelling, it can become noisy where if I were the horse, I would just shrug my horse shoulders and walk back toward the barn. I believe that people want to move, they are waiting because they need leaders and not people talking about the horse.
You get what I’m saying.
There are people out there doing good things. And, yes, people are scared because they fear they will not have a quality of life for themselves and their families. The issues mentioned are very real. I know more people working two or three jobs just to make ends meet than I can count on an abacus. I believe we need to talk about effective government that will impact the lives of everyday people and not just the few.
It’s really simple, do no harm, set up the message and don’t get muddled in distration, tell the facts, help folks and start moving instead of talking about moving. At least that’s how I see it.