Dear American Voter:
In a month you will have the opportunity to vote in the presidential election. I am sure that you are heartily tired of things at this point (as we all are at the end of every political season). At this point most of you have probably already made up your mind.
Let me channel your thoughts a bit. You are, on the whole, dis-satisfied with the entire process. You feel that the candidates you have the option of voting for are not the best we could have done, but for goodness sake, they are better than the opposing party. Every new revelation of flaws or errors or even illegalities raises your anger even more.
Occasionally, you continue to wonder if this really is the best that we could have done. How, you might be saying to yourself, did we reach the point that these candidates are all we have?
I have the answer for you. It is you. It is me. It is all of us.
Candidates are only ultimately a reflection of ourselves, of our hopes and dreams and beliefs in how things should be run. We get them to the point that they are the one, and then are almost forced into a position of having to support them - after all, we put our stamp of approval on them. But the reality - the sad, sad reality - is that we have done the very same things.
Think a candidate's crass and rude comments about women are a problem? How many do I know, on both sides of the political aisle, that have used the same words or language and thought nothing of it?
Think society does a horrible job at ignoring the pleas of women who have been raped? How then do you argue for someone who at best was willingly unknowing and at worst an accomplice to such behavior?
Think that truth matters, that accountability and doing what you say is important? Then how do you support such behavior in candidates that you would not approve of in your children or in anyone else?
This is a larger problem, one that our society has yet to fully grasp: we decry violence in the streets, yet entertain ourselves with it; we argue for support of certain policies and directions and then turn aside when people -actual people, supposedly our fellow citizens - are put out of work or bankrupted by them. We delight in the sexual infidelities feed to us in screen and music, yet cry foul when ourselves or someone we know is affected by this or when the crass and rude language that we enjoy as entertainment is brought forth as political fodder.
We have attempted to separate our personal lives and our public lives to the detriment of both. We have somehow ourselves believe the we can compartmentalize what we are inside and how we are and act outside. And we believe that there are no consequences to our actions internally, that somehow all these issues we face as a society are sui generis with no relationship to ourselves
As you might have come to understand, I am little frustrated.
Who are you voting for in a month? If you understood that directly or indirectly you are enabling this sort of bad behavior to continue, would you still vote for them?
I wish I had a better way. I wish we had actual candidates that we could actually vote for instead of vote against.
But I think even more, I wish that we would understand how we came to make this all be.
Your Obedient Servant,