Yesterday’s events at the U.S. Capitol are a horrifying reminder of how small things can become big and dangerous.
Over time, this President’s behavior affected people and empowered his most adamant supporters. It seemed petty and small at first.
Few leaders in his circle called him out. I’m thinking they began to see what was coming but ignored the signs along the way.
Now here we are. Our peaceful embrace of the core of our democracy – choosing our leaders – has been temporarily tarnished by a selfish man.
I say temporarily because we have the power to protect our democracy and strengthen it.
How do we do that when events seem to be spiraling out of control?
We do it one, by one, by one, by one. I can vote, I can support the process, I can show respect for others.
You can, too. We have to. One by one; step by step.
Don’t forget that our children are learning from us. And, they will be grown soon and take their place voting, speaking out – even taking leadership positions.
So, today, take a step. That doesn’t refer to being in lock step with one side or another. No matter our political philosophies, we should be held together by embracing our country’s process of peaceful change of power.
The principle of “one person, one vote” has been used many times in legal cases about the right to vote. It doesn’t matter if a person doesn’t vote like you do or see things as you see them.
It means one person has the right to be heard, to say who and how this country will be run. You are one person. And, once elections are over, you can let those who represent you know how you expect them to act.
Those leaders want to please you; they are watching you.
Your vote and your voice matter. Take that step. Make a difference.