America on edge – once again
A year ago this week, we were watching the first presidential debate between Donald trumpDonald Trump Texas fails to hire private contractor for election audit Lack of helicopter space forced Ivanka Trump and Kushner to drop plans to meet Governor Queen Elizabeth II MORE and Joe Biden.
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Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAbbott promises to hire border patrol officers punished by the Biden administration. of Fox News attempted to moderate an unruly movement and very disappointing “debate” in which President Trump did most of the interruption and the former vice President BidenJoe Biden’s Vaccination Rise Includes Biggest Republican Gain Since April: Gallup Power Grab? The Federal Reserve may soon be our only Ford bank asking salaried workers for PLUS vaccination status begged, “Do you wanna shut up, man?” Trump was already warning of electoral fraud due to mail-in votes, and Biden insisted the scammer was Trump. It was ugly and tense.
Then came November and election night was tense and unresolved. It was a Saturday after the polls closed that Biden was declared the winner, with Pennsylvania leading him with 273 electoral votes.
Asset sworn to fight – in the courts and in the court of public opinion, and a national impasse has settled in the same cement.
Biden said it was “It’s time to heal America. â¦ We have an opportunity to overcome despair, to build a nation of prosperity and purpose. Unfortunately, the healing never really took place.
Hatred has reappeared in our country with protests after the death of George Floyd, attacks on Asian Americans, extremist dueling rallies and the emergence of the Delta variant of COVID-19. January 6 opened a new front in the battle for democracy, aided and abetted by a virus that sickened an already weakened body politic.
So here we are in a moment of major tension, in the ninth round of a national budget battle for the debt ceiling, with threats of government shutdown and arguments over financing the most basic of American life: infrastructure. .
As Democrats and Republicans are at war, new FBI data shows we are killing each other at historic rates, with more murders reported in 2020 than any other year dating back to 1960, when data was first available.
Democracy is like any muscle. He has good memory and needs exercise. We brought our kids back to school and they will discover America. We want them to know what government and civility is – that we do it not just once a year, on July 4th, but daily.
Americans are tired, exhausted, disgusted and disappointed right now. The US Census Bureau finds that one-third of Americans show signs of clinical anxiety or depression. This is a huge leap from even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In a question on depressed mood, the percentage of Americans reporting symptoms doubled from 2014. Gallup also found historic increases in stress and worry in all categories and sectors.
Financial pressures are high today. Americans have a crisis of confidence in the economy, and the threat of a government shutdown only compounds the anxiety. But we still have enough energy to lift our spirits and become once again a nation of hope and optimism.
How? ‘Or’ What?
First of all, let’s get this pandemic under control. Let us deploy religious leaders, local doctors and others. If you took a vaccine when you were a child for measles, mumps, and dozens of other diseases, take this one. Pass.
Second, start demanding compromises. This is not a bad word. Extremists on both sides of the aisle are troublemakers. They feed on dissent and attention. No one gets everything they want in a bill, statute, inheritance, or relationship. To move on. Let’s find that happy medium and occupy it.
Third, remember why we are here. We come into the world without hatred, anger, prejudice or wickedness. We all inherit the same planet, and our choice is to make it better or worse. If you want to do the former, get involved in your community. If you want to do the latter, stay home alone.
This is the season to change the dynamic by communicating a sense of shared responsibility. It starts with us; it ends with us.
Tara D. Sonenshine is a former US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.