I have been struggling with who I want to be the next president after the divider-in-chief’s final departure. I think I have picked one who might be able to undo at least some of the damage recently done to our country. That is what this post is all about.
I fear that our country is at the point where we are irrevocably divided. If so, we are headed for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences that will make any change since the Civil War seem petty. Can we even survive that cataclysm? But, I am not willing to throw in the towel and declare that we are kaput just yet.
Our survival depends on us coming together for a common good. After all, we likely have much more in common than we don’t. That has been the secret of our democracy for its entire lifetime. We have always had our differences since Hamilton and Burr got into it at the very beginning, but we have managed to understand that a democracy’s existence depends on “E pluribus unum” (Out of many, one).
We are one nation with different personalities and wants. Up until recently we have had presidents who understand this mutual cooperation as our foundation, that is until the current Oval Office occupant. Are we now beyond the capability of returning again to “E pluribus unum”? I am totally convinced that the next beginning January 2021 will be our “do or die” time. So, our choice for the next president is absolutely critical. I take my part of that responsibility very seriously.
I started out this journey of picking the next president thinking that Elizabeth Warren was the best candidate but as I explained in a previous post she seems too much of a divider herself. Her presidency would likely do nothing more than widen the chasm that is already too wide to maybe survive.
Now on to my choice, at least for now
I really fear that Biden is simply not up to the task. Sanders and Warren who are both in their 70s and far left of the political center of our country. I initially saw the kid on a tricycle as not being ready but, I am now convinced he is my choice because he is not ready in terms of the status quo.
Let me give you a couple of reasons from the wisdom of others to explain that decision. More will follow in the coming days.
Mayor Pete doesn’t attack those who think differently than him. Instead he tries to understand why the hold the positions they do. He truly wants to be president for ALL the people.
He doesn’t make the grandiose promises of most politicians just because he knows that is what they want to hear. Instead, he listens and try to help in the most pragmatic way.
Mayor “Pete” is one of us, whether we are left or right of the center.
In the coming weeks I will flesh out more of the reasons I have come into Mayor “Pete’s” camp.