Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Post election observations

The election results are not what I had hoped for.  There are some amazing wins and some heartbreaking losses, and I'm struggling to reconcile myself to these.  There is a lot to learn from this election cycle.

I think the first thing that is clear is that my generation, and those younger, need to learn how much power they have to make change.  We don't, as a group, turn out and vote like we could.  If we don't get involved, and soon, we will face a future with many limited choices.  Refusing to participate isn't helping anything and it is hurting a whole lot of things.

Second, sometimes the most inspiring part of a race is how mistakes and disappointments are handled. Here in my community, the local school board had three seats open, and two ladies I really like and admire ran for these.  One of them didn't win, but her concession was eloquent, personal, and filled with hope.  She's not giving up on making change here, or really, anywhere.  She'll continue to be involved, to be a vocal proponent for change, and she will not back down from voicing her opinions.  I'm lucky to call her friend, and I very much look forward to working with her in the future.  The lady who won the open seat was also very inspiring. She made a big, very public, and embarrassing mistake during the campaign.  She is embarrassed, angry ant herself, and contrite, but she did something very important: she reached out the person she wronged, to her supporters, and to the community with an admission of guilt and a sincere apology.  That's hard to do, but it is so inspiring to have witnessed.

Third, I'm really feeling a huge disconnect between what I thought I knew about some of the people I've admired and how they have decided to act in the last couple months.  People who were enthusiastic during the last presidential election are now refusing to vote, refusing to get involved, and refusing to see how these things perpetuate the problem.  You can choose not to vote, but you also don't get to bitch that things aren't going your way.

We all need to embrace the power we have to make change, and we need to use the strengths we have to create the world we want.  It doesn't mean that everyone should run out and try to elected to something, but we should all be paying attention, exercising our right and responsibility to vote, and we certainly should be paying attention to the world around us, to each other, and to what's on the horizon.


  1. I agree with you. Our young people need to become politically knowledgeable while still in high school. After all, it is gonna be their world.

  2. You're preaching to the choir, Ila! Thanks for commenting.


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