If you listen to the news, you may see story after story that we as a country are divided and how the two parties feuding gridlock the government.
How did we get to this point? I think JFK was spot on when he said, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer.” These political divisions seem to keep our government from passing budgets, fixing infrastructure and providing for the country’s prosperity, and that’s just crazy.
One political party does not have the monopoly on good ideas and our elected officials have a duty to represent their constituents, not tow the party line. We shouldn’t be forced to cross check multiple news sites just to cut through bias and get the facts of a story or piece of legislation.
Follow your representatives from city council to congress. Follow their social media accounts, email, newsletters, or meeting minutes to see if what they are doing matches what they said they would represent. Also, don’t hesitate to contact them if something is an item of interest to you. Be sure to discuss topics of importance and generate a debate. How else do you learn about opposing views or challenge your own beliefs if you don’t step outside your comfort zone?
So I’ll end with another quote from JFK “So let us begin anew-remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness.” Let’s not be weak – start anew, ask questions, and unite as one country.