Today, half of America is hurting – the other half are happy. We knew this would be the case. We as a nation have a lot of healing to do. We are ALL AMERICANS. Be kind to the opposition. Respect their feelings. Then work to build consensus – to unite our fractured nation.
This election cycle has been a marathon. Then a sprint to the finish. Like marathoners – we are all exhausted. But now we have more to do. Once we rest, reflect, and carb up we need to begin the process to heal the wounds from this election marathon and to assist in the governing process set forth by our founding fathers.
The United States Constitution begins with, “We, the People of the United States in order to form a more perfect union…”. It does not begin with, “I, the King…”, or “I, the president, or even “We, the Congress…”. It is simply, “We, the People”. 19th Century statesman and US Senator, Daniel Webster eloquently said, “It is the people’s constitution, the people’s government, made for the people, by the people and answerable to the people.” Many in America no longer believe this. It is time for us to put the “we” back into the constitution.
I would like to share a short video clip from January, 1989. It was the last time Ronald Reagan addressed the nation.
“We, the people are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route and how fast.” We hold the keys to car.
The 1st Amendment of our ground breaking Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Let’s focus on the last section, “and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Redress when used as a verb is defined as, to set right, to correct or reform, to remedy or relieve, to adjust evenly again. Yes, we have the right, the 1st Right to engage in our government. Not only the right but I would argue that we have an obligation to be engaged with our elected officials. They need to hear from all of us, not just the donor class. We need to organize our efforts, and speak out about the issues that matter the most in our work and lives. Call, write, and meet with your newly elected officials so you can be heard and counted. Need information on how to call, write or meet? Go to http://rogerrickard.com/index.php/free-resources/ for free resources to be a more effective advocate. Or you can get my pocket guide eBook entitled, Seven Actions of Highly Effective Advocates.
In three days, we will celebrate Veterans Day. Veterans valiantly fought, and some paid the ultimate price, to preserve and protect the Bill of Rights. Seven Score and thirteen years ago, on serene day, Abraham Lincoln uttered these immortal words, “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain: that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
We must strive to make our already great democracy even better.
You have made your choice at the ballot box. The question now is, will you make the choice to drive the government car? Only you hold the keys!