Reflecting on the January 6 Committee hearings, two impeachments, the Mueller Report, the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell, a couple of fine reads—The Betrayal (Ira Shapiro) and Fascism: A Warning (Madeleine Albright)—and recent shootings in New York, Texas, and Oklahoma is cause for alarm! Coupled with escalating political hyperpolarization caused by the conflicting ideologies of traditionalists, modernists, and post-modernists, a strong message is that American democracy is in danger. Witness the absence of civil discourse; domestic terrorism and targeted violence by extremist groups; possession of assault-type weapons and high-capacity magazines by a growing number of citizens; continued fanning of the flames about the lack of election integrity; widespread proliferation of misinformation and conspiracy theories; a Senate in need of new rules and new leadership; and public trust of the press and integrity of the First Amendment has eroded.
Folks, we have a great deal to heal and get done in the battle for the roots of the Nation. Our fellow citizens are not our enemies; and we are not “Red States” and “Blue States.” Let us be open to the infinite potential, opportunities, and possibilities for our great country, move forward, and evolve. We are all Americans, and we each have a daily choice to transcend and include others. For dialogue, a “draft” worldview of our “mighty task” might look something like this:
Quality, compassion, common good, and virtue in all we are and all we do.
- Evolve with solid core virtues, values, and a philosophy of transcend and include others.
- Limited government for citizens. The Supreme Court, the Senate, the House, and the Office of the President have solid leaders and followers who have moral compasses, and are objective, not self-serving, and make decisions that are in the best interests of America.
- Voting system integrity and elections are free and fair.
- Fiscal responsibility; economic stability and equity; and long-term financial security.
- Public safety for all Americans, respect for law and order, no one is above the law, and all citizens are held accountable. Domestic terrorism and targeted violence prevention measures include coordination and cooperation of federal, state, and community authorities.
- Universal background checks, license to carry, red flag law, safe storage law, and weapons of war are kept on the battlefield. It is illegal for a citizen to purchase, own, or possess assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.
- Federal, state, and local journalism infrastructures are strong and public trust of the press and integrity of the First Amendment is strong.
- Open dialogue and free exchange of ideas is fostered.
- Education processes are the best of the best.
- Pandemic preparedness and top ten healthcare system with integral health, wellness, and wellbeing at the core.
- Programs, processes, and coalitions to dismantle systemic racism.
- Controlled business ethical and moral issues.
- Avoid war with strong military and space forces, global allies and networks, and dialogue.
- Professional State Department and alliances coupled with reasoned foreign policy.
- Helping others and caring about others: churches, individuals, groups, institutions, and the government.
- Justice for all; and judges are objective, uphold the Constitution, and have core virtues, historic values, and guiding principles, and satisfy evolving cultural needs.
- Marriage and children: citizen’s choices and model culture’s evolution.
- Respect for science.
- Environmental awareness, control, and self-restraint.
- Strength in diversity and humane immigration laws and regulations. Boarders are sanely managed.
- Respect for democracy and decentralized culture with empowered citizens.
It is time to evolve and move forward from the chaos of hyperpolarization being created by conflicting ideologies of traditionalists, modernists, and post modernists that is being pontificated by politicians and respective tribes. A good cultural worldview for America can facilitate dialogue and transcendence.