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Saturday, November 7, 2020

BE THE CHANGE – Dad Gone Wild

BE THE CHANGE – Dad Gone Wild

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
― John Quincy Adams

This week marks the beginning of the end of the election season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, more people voted via absentee ballot than ever before, and as a by-product, we are still waiting for results in the race for the presidency.

Overnight, former vice president Joe Biden surpassed Trump in both Georgia and Pennsylvania. I suspect that by the end of the day he will be declared the victor and we’ll have a new president-elect.

For many reasons, that is cause for celebration. Donald Trump should have never been elected president, and the fact that he was speaks to the deep divisions and the increased marginalization of people in this country. On one hand, it’s exciting that Joe Biden received more votes than any other presidential candidate in the history of the United States. However, we can’t lose sight of the fact that Donald Trump received more votes than any other Republican candidate in the history of the United States.

No matter how you slice it, this election reveals a deeply divided country. Half of the population has no understanding of how the other half lives and thinks, nor are they interested in knowing. Not every one of the people who voted for Donald Trump is a heartless, ignorant racist. Not everyone who cast a vote for Biden is a socialist, elitist, looking for free stuff. Some of the most amazing human beings I know are members of both sides. Neither side holds exclusivity on ignorance and a false sense of superiority, just as neither holds it for generosity and kindness either.

My hope is that with the noise from the Oval Office eliminated, some of the animosity will recede and people will actually talk to each other, instead of just shouting and dismissing. Maybe we’ll CONTINUE READING: BE THE CHANGE – Dad Gone Wild