As we near the election day ‘finish line,’ I suspect no matter who wins, our country will remain divided and the frustrations and dysfunctions that have been exposed will continue unless we learn there are some larger changes we need to make.
For me, one of the better essays on where we’re headed, what we can possibly learn, and how we might approach and respond to what is occurring is Michael Slaby’s recent essay. It’s short and seems to me to hit the nail on the head.
See: What Do We Do Now, by Michael Slaby, Medium.com
I find that I agree with much of what this writer expresses. Unfortunatly, the federal government is no longer trusted. A constitutional amendment stating leaders must also live by the same rules as we the people, would help. Also term limits so leaders could really stay in touch with their constituents.
Redistribution is not the goal. Recognition of each individual’a abilities and opportunities to achieve each persons goals seems more important to me
I agree with the lack of trust in our government, particularly in our elected officials. While some of your solutions above have value and could help with that issue, I think the biggest factor in that area is the effect of money in politics, the huge amount it costs to run for office and the increasing unlimited amounts of money that come into the campaigns, from whatever sources, and the amount of time it takes to raise that money and the obligations the money brings with it.
Jim Kilby said:
Close to half of the people in this country live by the rule of ” I have mine, too bad you don’t have yours”. Close to the other half live by the rule of ” I don’t have mine so it must be somebody’s fault”. You are a movie guy. Gene Wilder in Blazing Saddles. “Simple people, people of the land. You know, morons”.