On Election Day, 2016, let’s remember that democracy is always a work in progress. If we want democracy to survive and thrive, we must recommit to the best of what democracy means and vote accordingly.
In other words, LET’S ROCK THE VOTE! At the end of an exhausting, maddening, and occasionally frightening campaign season, here’s some fabulous music: Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”, with its ironic but hopeful refrain, “Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”
America’s founders would have loved that line. It’s in the same spirit as the opening words of the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…”
The Founders got us off to an imperfect start when they excluded everyone but white, male, landed gentry from “We the People.” But they had the genius to create a form of government that gives us chance after chance to perfect ourselves by righting our wrongs—which is why the votes we cast tomorrow matter, big-time.
On Nov. 8, VOTE! Vote in a way that increases the odds that democracy is indeed coming to the U.S.A. But for now, crank the volume and let the great Leonard Cohen take you thru the storm on the mighty Ship of State:
Sail on, sail on,
O mighty Ship of State,
to the Shores of Need
past the Reefs of Greed
through the Squalls of Hate,
sail on, sail on, sail on!
~Parker J. Palmer
when our world is swirling as it is these days, remember to stand in grace and strength, in not knowing, and the middle way…..
inquiry for today~ how will you navigate this collective, stressful day? how will you find noteworthy tools and inner calm?
Compassion allows us to bear witness to suffering, whether it is in ourselves or others. It allows us to name injustice without hesitation, to act strongly, with all the skill at our disposal. ~Sharon Salzberg