To The Daily Sun,
As I sit looking out my window at the brilliant colors of October, I wonder at the good fortune of we who live in this part of the world. New England is like a slice of paradise. Sometimes, I think those who have lived here all their lives fail to appreciate what surrounds them. Once in a while people from "away" come to remind them that we live amidst pastoral beauty.
We, like others, have our own set of troubles. We look at our children grow to maturity yearning for the unattainable. Some of them leave to seek their dream elsewhere or get a mind-killing job with no future because their teacher and parents failed to inspire them. A few turn to drugs but find no answers except despair and early death.
So, here we are in the year 2016 and in the month of October, waiting for that date in November. We will spend the winter getting used to the results of our voting. In actuality, our most effective vote in a national sense, was made last winter when we or a portion of us helped choose one Republican from the buffet of candidates seeking the office of president.
One among them promised the impossible — "to make America great again." All the others had a plan, he had a slogan. The others were a cross-section of America. They were all Republicans, but they looked and talked like us and offered their version of what a president should do for the next four years. They got busy raising funds to finance their campaigns.
The man with the slogan flew in on his own plane and started trash-mouthing the opposition and repeating his "make America great again" blather. We all remember the name-calling of not only the candidates, but their supporters as well. The wall was to be built and the rest of the world was put on notice that the new "great America" candidate was taking charge in January.
Well, maybe that's the way all this will play out, but some of us, hopefully a majority, think otherwise. We see the real America, warts and all. Divided, yes, but dedicated to solving its problems. Some of the rancor of the last six years is regrettable and may have set us up for the current reality, but we have time to pull back from the edge the disaster that is looming.
What, then, should we be doing after we wake from this nightmare? Here is a suggested list:
1. Restore the Supreme Court to its full complement.
2. Examine our national security options and needs.
3. Get the congressional houses to realize their responsibility is to nation, not party.
4. Assure the world that we are still a rational democracy, ready to support our allies and oppose those who are out to create international grief and misery.
5. Create legislation that is bipartisan, start to finish.
6. Begin to realize our differences are our strength only if we can reach agreement on a course of action.
In closing, I admonish those who are discontented with our present to get involved in improving our future by finding and solving problems that can be remediated through cooperation. Fundamental differences aside, deadlock serves none of the parties around the negotiating table.