The Choice We’re Making

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This election is not just deciding who is going to be the figurehead of the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world. This election is a reflection of a social choice. It’s the age old choice, reduced to it’s simplest form, of love or fear.

We’re making the choice between mindsets of “me” and “we”. Asking which is most important: profits or people? This election is a battle for the soul of America. I don’t mean some supernatural thing. I mean our culture, essence, and overall morality.

There’s one side that embodies fear, preaching division, selfishness, nationalism, fundamentalist religion, and unbridled greed. They teach you to fear and suspect your neighbor, get all you can for yourself, and trust no one.

There’s another side that is about community, diversity, symbiotism, helping each other, and assuring that everyone can at least have the very basics of life: clean water, non-toxic food, medical care, sustainable and  non-polluting energy sources, and quality education. They’re about cooperating globally to improve everyone’s quality of life and allowing consensual crimes to become matters of personal choice. Economic, sexual, and legal equality for however people happen to be.

This is the first time in my life where an election was an actual choice and not one of the Janus faces of “Democrat” and “Republican”. The party is now utterly irrelevant. The base, short-sighted, competitive seeking of a “winner” and vilifying a “loser” is rapidly evaporating from the political sphere, though you wouldn’t know it from watching the news.

The fact that the media is largely being vague and condescending regarding the one candidate who is breaking all time political records with such a passionate and massive support from the people, especially financially as donations only came from individuals and unions. Zero corporate backing. No fodder for scandals. A wrench is in the gears of the machine that is fueled by blood and oil.

We’re deciding the kind of world we want to live in. Whether we will mutually improve all our lives or huddle in suspicion and fear clutching dollars to our chests.

This time, quoting Rush’s “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice” lyric is dead wrong. We actually have a choice for once. Please use it wisely.

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