In December of 2012, I posted most of what lies below as a “Monday Moans” contribution to our writers’ group blog. Monday was a day for us to vent about all things writing. Or just plain “all things.” Everybody needs an occasional place to vent, I assume.
In this, I was consumed by the vitriol among voters, candidates, and various people in “authority,” following the national elections. The frightening part of this is that the vitriol has done nothing to calm; in fact, it’s worse now than in 2012. And we’re months and months away from the elections.
I wrote, “Still??? And ‘states’ want to secede? To what purpose? How would secessionists work that out, creating new government entities, etc.? And now we’re faced with the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ [sound familiar?] and arguing about whether to ‘let’ the economy go off in the ditch? [Now, 2015, we have a Congress/Senate and more which think that’s the road to “getting” their way.]
It all brought to mind the Rodney King quote, which I repeated, about “‘Can’t we all just get along?’ [If you’ve forgotten who he was, look him up online.]
“The elections were over; the President was who he was [and still IS who he was]. “Ditto the Senators, Representatives, Mayors, School Board members, Dog Catchers, etc., both nationally and state‑by‑state. Can’t they just do their jobs?” [Now we have certain minor officials in some states going to jail over whether or not they should do what is required of their job.]
“If we could all extend common courtesy to our fellow beings, don’t you think we have sense enough to figure out a way to take care of our neighbors? Extend a helping hand within each of the cities in which we live? Think Big, by helping to solve problems which may affect our individual, but united, states? Let our leaders know what we need from them, what we want, and how we intend to help our nation climb out from under financial and social problems which plague us all?”
As writers and THINKERS, which we are, is there some way for us to contribute to calm, cohesiveness, camaraderie, civil argumentation and discourse? Can we include scenes of such behavior in our books, under the guide of kind, careful, thinking and moral characters who may encourage like thinking in our readers? Yes, even if they’re ONLY children?
“Let’s remember, this is the United States of America, and we’ve been that sovereign nation for more years than you, I or anyone else I know has lived on this earth, so can’t we all just . . . get along?”