I saw the film LINCOLN last night.
I realize that Mr. Spielberg is intentionally waiting to release this film until after the election, but there was a large part of my very passionate and America loving heart that wished that had been released prior to the November 6 simply because I feel like it might have gotten at least some folks to consider what it truly means to be President of our United States. Or not.
This is not going to be a review of the film, but I will share that I cried while watching it. Tony Kushner can write beautiful dialogue that causes all of us to lean just a little bit forward in our seats and listen just a little more carefully to make certain that we hear each word. Of course, Mr. Spielberg makes special films. He infuses them with the love and passion and dedication that we might expect from, oh, I don't know, a President?
It is no easy task, we all know, being President of the United States of America. The person who is willing to even take on that challenge is already created from a rather special cloth. I just have a wish, though, for a President for the America that I love, who is capable of truly being a People's President, who has a heart that is filled with compassion for all humans and can lead with that same compassion on a global stage.
It's a big wish.
It begins by demanding the truth. It also begins with actually voting for the truth.
I know that my truth is not going to be your truth.
I also know that the process in America only works if we all actually participate and if we actually have real and true representative government.
We have neither truth nor real representative government in America. We can keep pretending that we do, keep believing that our voices are heard, but with just over 50% of those eligible to vote actually voting in elections, how is that truly representative? When we have lobbyist spending over $3.5 billion in a given year to influence our representatives decisions, how can the average American's voice be heard over the ka-ching of all those dollars flooding their re-election coffers.
The money needs to get out of our politics. I absolutely believe in free enterprise, but I also believe in taking good care of our fellow citizens. We can have free enterprise in this country, but it does not need to be at the very expense of our most valuable resource which is quickly disappearing, our working middle class and their children.
There are a multitude of ideas in this current election being bantered about how to protect corporate assets and about how to also take care of future generations. None of them, honestly, make a whole lot of real fiscal sense to me when I try to truly add up very real numbers. I am going to admit that I am not the very best at math, but if we were to ask for TRUTH in the plans that have been offered by all candidates, it becomes murkier and murkier about exactly how we're going to find our way back to a solvent America. It's enough, honestly, to make a small passionate caring naked woman, with just one little voice, sitting in Utah, want to just shut up and give up completely.
The system, our homogenous two-party system, is very broken. From the small congressional seat in a county in Rhode Island all the way to the White House. I have no idea how to fix it short of a real peoples' revolution.
Despite everything, I still believe in the very heart and soul and people of America. That is why I will be voting on November 6. I hope it is exactly why you will be voting, as well. We all need to participate.
America depends upon its citizens to be the best it can be. Let's give America our very best. Vote.