The U.S. election is drawing more attention and scrutiny than any U.S. election in history. It’s like a badly written pulp novel that appeals to those who need instant gratification and entertainment but don’t want to think, and then goes on to sell 50 million copies.
I find myself tuning in and just as quickly tuning out because the whole thing is insulting to one’s sense of dignity and intelligence. In fact, this election is the epitome of the demeaning of dignity and intelligence, which is why it’s getting so much attention.
Have you seen or heard anything that comes across as meaningful or compassionate? The only thing I can think of was from someone who is not running for office. Michelle Obama. At the Democratic national convention. That speech was meaningful and compassionate. In light of what has transpired since, perhaps we should take another look at what she said.
She began by talking about decency and grace, how her daughters have grown into poised young women, and how they have been raised. She said “how we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.”
She went on to say: “With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are the most important role-model.”
Indeed. Shouldn’t the President of the United States – dare I say the leader of any country – serve as a role-model?
For me the most telling words of Michelle Obama’s speech was when she said she wakes up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. Think about that. After almost two and a half centuries in the history of the United States, someone descended from slaves is in the White House.
Has anyone ever put it so poignantly before? I don’t think so. Now that would make a great novel.