By the time I post my next Musing, Election Day will be behind us. Whether or not the results are conclusive is another question. Whatever the tally shows, about half the country will believe that this was not a fair and just election. That is a serious problem.
But the election and the anti-Trump bias of the media has obscured or downplayed some great news. Even before dealing with her first Supreme Court case, Amy Coney Barrett is a gift to the nation. Her steadfastness in her religious beliefs, her example as a gracious, brilliant woman who values family and has enough love to bring more children into her home, and the contrast of her professionalism with the petty, mud-wrestling of Democrat Senators are true bright spots in this difficult time.
Undoubtedly, the unprecedented relationships that the president’s pragmatic approach has brought about in the Middle East would be hailed as miraculous had anyone other than President Trump been leading this country. The same would have been true for the surge in economic hope for Americans before COVID hit. To quote an old adage, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”
I’d like to add a more personal positive note. Over the past few months, using an app, I have met a large group of women facing a specific challenge. The practical advice is helpful but even more so is the mutual support, friendship and warmth. Not one whiff of politics has marred this group. In today’s age, that is truly a blessing.
If I may add one plea: Our friend, the great American historian David Barton, once shared with us the shocking statistics of how many people do not exercise the privilege of voting. He was speaking of those with strong enough views that they donate to or are members of organizations that promote values in which we believe. Yet, they don’t vote! Some are cynical about politics, many live in states where they feel their vote doesn’t matter, others are trying to stay off jury rolls. Whatever the reason, if you know such a person, please pick him or her up and take them with you to the polling place. As a saying in ancient Jewish wisdom states: Silence is acquiescence.
Stay strong and of good cheer!
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