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I know many of you are waking up feeling enraged, angry, frustrated and disillusioned this morning. Meanwhile, others of you feel this process ended fairly and are probably just relieved that all this Supreme Court drama is over.
In fact, I heard some say yesterday, “I’m glad this is over. It’s time to move on.”
Yes, the news cycle will move on. It always does.
But, I believe the soul of our country is forever altered. So are the souls of all those people who shared their stories. Who confronted long, buried and painful memories. Who testified and spoke up. Even for those who stayed silent, I imagine their souls are also forever changed.
These past two weeks have been dramatic, emotional, thought-provoking, hopeful and hopeless all at once. We have witnessed great courage and great bravery. We have witnessed bad temperament and bad taste. We have witnessed politics at its best and at its worst.
But since we are here to move forward, I’d venture to say that some really positive things are going to come out of all of this in the next few weeks. I think more people than ever are going to vote in the mid-term elections. I really do. I think people have witnessed a Congressional body that doesn’t reflect their life experiences and they realize that the only way to change that is to vote or run for office themselves.
Speaking of running, there are more women running for office this year than ever before. Many will win. Their life experiences, their interests and their voices will change the direction of our country. As a citizen, I am grateful to them for jumping into the fray and performing a civic duty.
There are also many inspiring men running this year. Men who have spoken up and spoken out in a respectful, elegant and intelligent way. Their demeanor and their vision for our country also make me feel hopeful.
Yes, I have hope. I have hope that men have heard the scores of women who have bravely told their stories in recent weeks and over the past year. I believe those stories have landed and that, in turn, they will foster different kinds of relationships between the sexes. I believe the communication that will come out of all of this will move us toward relationships that are built on respect, not fear, and that they will lead to shared understanding and shared power.
I am also inspired by the many people in our country who aren’t running for office, but who are still out there working on the frontlines trying to change America for the better. We try to feature as many of them as possible in The Sunday Paper each week.
These individuals may work far away from the halls of Congress, but their work of citizenship has an impact on our democracy. They are the soul of our country and they are doing soul-changing work. I see it each and every day.
There’s so much that we can all be doing to move humanity forward. There are millions of Americans living alone. There are millions suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. There are millions working paycheck to paycheck. We have a whole country and world out there that need our help. Our founding mothers and fathers expected so much of themselves, and so should we.
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