Like so many other bloggers I stay away from controversial topics choosing instead those that are “safe”. Today, however, I feel the need to speak out in the aftermath of what has happened in the United States.
Never in my life did I anticipate anything like what took place in our nation’s capitol on Wednesday, January 6. It is a blemish on all Americans and tarnishes our image throughout the globe. While much of the blame rests on our president for encouraging his supporters to protest the outcome of the recent presidential election, he is not totally at fault. Unrest for a variety of reasons has been bubbling under the surface for a number of years.
What is important now is how we move forward and look for ways to close the gaps that exist in this very divided country. Part of the responsibility lies with the incoming president who is inheriting humongous challenges. The greater responsibility, however, lies with each of us who live in this country we hold dear.
Without question there will be different opinions about our country’s ills. That’s OK provided those differences lead to positive outcome. Destroying property whether locally or in the nation’s capitol is not the answer. Rather we must ask ourselves what together we can do for the country, a challenge that echoes back to John F. Kennedy.
Because of recent actions I am embarrassed for this country and want those of you outside of the United States to know that the majority of us are decent people with good intentions. We know our country is not perfect and long for a better tomorrow. While what has happened in recent weeks is like a bad movie, I’m still proud to be an American and will stand for decency and respect for all people.
When it comes to future elections, all of us have a voice, and my hope is that we will choose leaders who we think have good character rather than adhere to party lines. Perhaps then we will have leadership that is not self serving and divisive. Is that too much for which to hope?