I have discovered something more important to me than happiness: self-respect. Even on a bad day, a day when I am far from being my own biggest fan, my integrity can remain intact. That is the ultimate measure of myself, at the end of a day, and ultimately at the end of my life. It's not about what happens to me; it is always about how I respond.
Maybe it is time to begin grieving bipartisan democracy. Maybe it is time to accept that ours is now a system of one-party rule, time to accept that whomever is king of the hill gets to define what is right and what is true. Maybe it is time for us to stop expecting our representatives in Washington to care more about we-the-people than their own ego-driven careers.
I heard a television commentator asking a Congressman how he might be able to show his colleagues that to vote for a particular bill would be “in their interest.” It was clear that something being “in their interest” referred only to keeping their jobs. No mention of the interest of the people they should be representing. Our elected representatives no longer ask us what we think; they tell us what we should be thinking. They sell us what they want us to think. And if we have the audacity to not buy in, they just ignore us. If we are ready to accept this, then maybe it is time.
Maybe it is time to begin grieving bipartisan democracy. But I don’t care. I will not grieve what I believe can still be saved.
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