While tomorrow’s election is important, with some saying the most important in their lifetime, it is the day after tomorrow I find myself thinking about. That I find myself worrying about. I don’t know what to do about or how to speak to those on the far edges of the political spectrum. Those who shout “Never.”
My fear is that which was once considered fringe has pushed its way much closer to the center.
This segment last night on 60 Minutes didn’t do much to calm my fear.
And, my hope is that the center holds.
Maybe center is not the right label because we will still be Republican and Democrat, progressive and conservative, right and left. We will still disagree about policy and taxes and the role of government. But, my hope is there are enough of us who, beyond labels and staked out positions, continue to believe the best dream for the United States is still possible. That there are enough of us who still believe “liberty and justice for all” is still a ideal worth pursuing. That there are still enough of us who are willing to step in the complicated and messy work of building community rather than pointing fingers and drawing lines in the sand.
In many ways, this election has brought out the worst in us.
Now it is time to remember the best in us.
Tomorrow we will elect a President.
The day after we will decide who we are as a nation.
P.S. If you have not already seen it, I commend to you this post written by Ben Perry.