OMG! The dust is settling from a most unusual and vitriolic Presidential Election Campaign. I was on the losing side in this one but the will of the people prevailed. The pundits and pollsters emerged with massive quantities of egg on their collective faces as they were so sure that Trump was merely an oddity that could not win. Donald Trump is our President Elect and now he and all of us must work to heal America; to bind up the wounds, soothe the unreasoning fear and come together as the only identity that really matters…..Americans!
The people have spoken and all those who believe in the principle and practice of Democracy must congratulate our new President, have a drink or two to calm down and move on with out lives seeing the very best outcome of this election as our Truth and The Truth for the America we love.
As Religious Scientists, this is a time to practice what we preach like never before! I hear some of our ministers expressing gloom and doom and much sadness over the election result. Better that we should take this energy and use it to see the good, to affirm the good; remembering the old truism that politicians and candidates campaign in poetry and govern in prose. In other words, many things are said in the heat of the campaign for election that are never heard again once the mantle of office descends on the new President.
Time after time men we thought of as unfit or ludicrous have grown as Presidents, Perhaps Mr. Trump will become the Harry S Truman of the 21st Century; going from a very ridiculed Vice President who was not even told by FDR that the US had the Atom Bomb; to a place in the first rank of great Presidents for moral courage, wise decisions and his “Give em Hell, Harry” manner.
The people have spoken and if you are a democrat with a small “D” you will accept and wish well the choice of the people. Sore losers are the bane of democracy and often create “banana republics” in other parts of the world by their refusal accept defeat at the polls.
Healing America will entail the re-birth of the essential consciousness that we are all Americans. This will mean the end of identity politics and the emphasis on the essential truth that though we may disagree on policies and candidates, we are ONE on the subject of America; the nation we love. Is America perfect? Never was, may never be but it is our beloved home and we must work together to make it better each and every day. Our collective thought has great power to lift us up or drag us down. Now is the time to elevate not to descend.
The truth is that Republicans need Democrats to remind them of the heart and soul of America which is love, caring and compassion. Democrats need Republicans to remind them that people thrive when they achieve and aspire, not when they are made dependents of the state. They also need to remember that the tyranny of the minority is the worst kind of tyranny and that righting a wrong for a few and imposing a wrong on the many creates another injustice and another grievance.
We need each other and the input of many consciousnesses and ideas.
Lastly we need to banish the concept of “Political Correctness” in America. It is antithetical to the most cherished right of an American: The peaceful expression of our opinions, thoughts and feelings whether in speech, writing or performance art.
Will some of these opinions or writings offend? Yes! There is no Constitutional right protecting one from being offended. Offense is a choice, not a crime. In the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. That is the essence of America, toleration of the abhorrent in the service of liberty.
Political Correctness is a Maoist idea, found in Mao’s “Little Red Book”. It is how a totalitarian state crushes opposition by shaming those who disagree into silence, often accompanied by years in a labor camp.
As a college student in the 1960’s I was very familiar with the “Little Red Book” having bought one in the Student Store (would you believe it?) just to see what all the excitement was about. I read in horror Mao’s prescription for the total subjugation of thought, word and deed. It is a prescription for a dead society, devoid of liberty, individualism and joy. I have been a Republican ever since.
We are all free to choose our friends and associates, to surround ourselves with consciousnesses that uplift and improve our lives. We are also free to get up and leave if what we read, hear, or speak is not pleasing.
What we do NOT have a right to do is to prevent that expression from being expressed. Who knows, we just might learn something from beyond the echo of our own opinions.
“A closed mind is a sad, stunted, unhealthy thing deprived of light, and sustenance” Henry David Thoreau
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL