Have you ever attempted to talk politics in public? This is now a new challenge for me. Over the past week or so I have made the effort to initiate conversations about the current struggles in Washington. I am presented with few opportunities do so, and therefore use my neighborhood, after-school sporting events and after-school enrichment program gathering places for this trial at finding the pulse of the people.
What I have discovered is that we, the people, have an extremely weak pulse.
Simply put, I can generally engage one person in a room to discuss the current events that affect all of us immensely. The others in the room are quick to stare at their cell phones and never look up, or begin a new conversation with others in the room. In shocking contrast, if I were to ask if anyone had seen last weekend’s University of Georgia football game, an entire room of people would participate in the conversation. Some would be happy for a win, others angry, many would know each play and statistics by heart, but a discussion could happen with great involvement and respect given to all views.
I would love to see the same enthusiasm for our government and the teams in this “game.” The game of the week is replaying daily – the House vs. Senate by day, and the Democrats vs. Republicans by night. The media, as expected, are using the instant replay; unfortunately they will show only one camera angle.
The angle provided does not portray the plays
accurately. This game is too important to lose, and all of us need to demand that the outcome is fair and best for the country. In this game, we have the opportunity not only to be armchair quarterbacks but to help lead the team.
Educate yourself. Know the players, the plays, the risks and the rewards. If you are confident in your ability to lead, then lead. You must now teach, inspire and motivate the rest of the team – we the people.
It is the responsibility of all of us to know the stats of the most important game in the country. We must then become engaged and involved because the outcome of this game has a greater consequence.