Next Tuesday’s presidential contest can perhaps be described as the most important election that our collective generations may ever face. As the national debt continues on its daily growth rate of roughly $4 billion, 23 million Americans join half of recent college graduates in struggling to find adequate employment, Medicare and Social Security rapidly inch closer to their insolvency, and the foreign landscape continues to manifest itself as one in the midst of a minatory process of collapse, dreadful statistics have indicated the sobering significance of November 6th, 2012 to the American people.
As such, the tremendous stakes of this election have expectedly yielded a proportionate level of divisiveness that stems not from accountability or problem solving, but rather from politics. Most recently, such rancor rose to the President of the United States, as Americans witnessed President Obama utilize profanity and a dunce cap to portray his opponent, Governor Mitt Romney. Though the health of our democracy remains contingent on the vibrancy of solutions, attempts to solve are too often trumped by what can only be described as naked acts of political noise. Amid the aforesaid challenges of gravity that haunt the future of America’s prosperity, Governor Romney thankfully reminded President Obama at last week’s debate that “attacking me is not an agenda”.
While I am certain that throughout the next six days, you and your families will be amply supplied with a myriad of such political noise, my hope is that on the seventh day from now, attempts to slander and politicize will rest. Put simply, politics should be brought to its cessation on November 6th, and must concurrently be offset by the embracement of solutions on the 7th (and beyond). The process of solving the monumental challenges that we face in these monumental times commences with the recognition of this quip coined by the candidate of my maiden campaign tenure, former Congressman Zach Wamp: “the power to convene is greater than the power to legislate.” Unfortunately, the current political climate has yielded little room for either. Further, given the unique set of burdens that our generation has only begun to inherit, perhaps Congressman Wamp’s words should be amended to state that the power to solve via convening is greater than the power to politicize via slandering. Though such a fundamental truth should remain self-evident, its prolonged abandonment has enabled the proliferation of our generational burdens.
As a conservative Republican, I was surprisingly encouraged by the following words of President-elect Barack Obama upon hearing his Grant Park victory speech in 2008: “And, to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president, too.” Yet throughout the course of these four years, the American people have witnessed President Obama contravene the very words embedded in his previous victory vow in hopes of having the opportunity to chant an additional one in January of 2013. Instead, the beneficiaries of American leadership should remain truly limitless – a principle that has been valorously championed this week by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie amid Hurricane Sandy. Whether it shall be President Obama or Governor Romney, the gentleman bestowed with the most distinguished privilege of being the next President of the United States must heed the words of President-elect Obama and the actions of Governor Christie by displaying a resolute commitment to solving our challenges through convening for the betterment of all Americans.
In concert with this paramount role that solving through convening must again reclaim among our leaders, these pillars of unity must jointly thrive among the American people. Regardless of our respective ideologies, I believe that as Americans, we too have an essential commitment to fulfill on November 7th. Our commitment begins with the contemplation of the countless nations throughout human history that were simply unable to practice the very same democratic exercise that we will undertake next Tuesday. Our commitment entails a collective step back from politics (and its corresponding corollary of hindering noise), and a collective unification around our shared prize of democracy. In doing so, our commitment ultimately corroborates Francis Bellamy’s (who fittingly held political views that could not diverge further than those of my own) bold wager that such a cosmic people from such a cosmic land can ultimately prevail as indivisible.
Next Wednesday, let’s continue to prove him right.