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I voted this morning, two weeks ahead of Election Day. When I turned the corner to the village hall and saw the big American flag gently moving on a slight breeze, I felt a bit of relief in knowing that so far everyone’s right to vote is still protected, and that soon the totally tiresome campaign messages will end. As I left my early voting ballot with the election workers I ask, “If I should get hit by a bus before November 4, will my vote still be counted? They assured me it would. I walked out feeling lighter and more hopeful than when I walked in. Please vote.
When I got home I looked up the word politics in my Roget’s International Thesaurus and was further encouraged by the first definition: “politics, polity, the art of the possible, “economics in action” [Robert La Follette].” The big question today seems to be economics in action for whom? Is it for some of the people or all of the people? I much prefer a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Please vote.
Parker J. Palmer links politics to our humanity in his book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.” Following are some excerpted words of Palmer’s thoughts that will give you a better idea of what makes real democracy possible and what it requires of us all: “…we are all in this together…profoundly interconnected…accountable to one another; …practice deep hospitality…invite ‘otherness’; …hold tension creatively…to expand our hearts…to generate insight, energy and new life; …speak our truth checking and correcting it against the truth of others; …steady companionship of two or three kindred spirits can help us find the courage we need to speak and act as citizens.” Please vote.
It is so easy to get totally discouraged with the messiness in our politics. We the people can help create a politics worthy of the human spirit. Please vote.
What if we all worked on healing the heart of our democracy?