I don’t get it. Or maybe I do, but don’t want to.
Some things jade a person’s spirit. Like the poisonous, partisan punditry that made a lot of noise responding to last night’s State of the Union Address. Blah, blah, blah; blah, blah, blah!
“I don’t get” why, or how, a thoughtful listener could disparage the FOUR BIG QUESTIONS that framed the President’s speech.
► “How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?”
► “How do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?”
► “How do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?”
► “How can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?”
In the run up to the 2016 Presidential Election, President Obama’s last State of the Union Address spelled out the philosophical-ethical questions that every candidate should be asking and answering. Will we, the citizens – the voters – take the cue? Will we test every candidate for President, the Senate, and House of Representatives to assure ourselves that they “get it”: governing in the United States of America requires thoughtful reflection on complex matters that do not lend themselves to simple solutions or demonizing an opponent.
If we, the people, don’t “get that”, it won’t be because we can’t. It will be because we prefer the poison of partisan blah, blah, blah.
- Gordon C. Stewart, Jan. 13, 2016.