And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
11/9/2016, 12:57 Mountain Time
As the final votes come in for the 2016 Presidential election, the popular vote is almost equal, with Hilary Clinton leading by a couple hundred thousand. Donald Trump will be our next President as he has secured 290 electoral votes.
If someone completely unfamiliar with the two candidates were to look at the result, they’d probably assume it was a race between two worthy candidates who fought up until the end. We know the story to be what it’s been.
My hope is that we will follow Kennedy’s words and focus on what we can do as individuals to impact our Country and our communities. The ability to vote is certainly one of the most important parts of our society. So too is the ability to have an audience with our elected officials; have you had such an audience? If you’re not happy about “politics as usual” in DC, or in your city, have you voiced that displeasure to your elected officials? Do you know who your elected officials are?
As Nike tells us, Just Do It. Clicking HERE will provide you with a list of your elected officials as well as the means for contacting them. Be persistent, be patient and be polite, and know that they are always interested in hearing from their constituents.
Clearly there is passion and enthusiasm on both sides and now it’s time to engage in a time honored, though rarely utilized political tool: Compromise. It’s been said the three most important words in politics are “compromise, comprise and compromise.”
When you communicate with your elected officials, demand they work with their counterparts from both parties to get positive change enacted.
Lastly, I wanted to share The Allegory of the Long Spoons.
One day a man said to God, “God, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”
God showed the man two doors. Inside the first one, in the middle of the room, was a large round table with a large pot of stew. It smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water, but the people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. God said, “You have seen Hell.”
Behind the second door, the room appeared exactly the same. There was the large round table with the large pot of wonderful stew that made the man’s mouth water. The people had the same long-handled spoons, but they were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The man said, “I don’t understand.”
God smiled. It is simple, he said, Love only requires one skill. These people learned early on to share and feed one another. While the greedy only think of themselves…