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Merely Me?

Updated on November 4, 2017
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Demas is a professional author and freelancer. He published and edited two newspapers. His most recent book is HAIKU AMERICAN STYLE.

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I'm not so different.

I followed the 2016 Campaign with real interest. Unlike many other Americans, I was satisfied with the results, and the promise of some decisiveness coming to Washington, DC after years of deadlock. I still feel I could not have voted for the candidate the Democrats had chosen..

The behavior of the many other Americans who were overcome with bitterness at the results they felt they had to challenge, has seemed unique in my lifetime, even though I could understand their initial frustrations at having lost the promises that they had voted for.

It is now a year later. I still don't feel I wasted my vote. I do feel that the Republicans who won, including President Trump, have wasted my vote, and the Democrats are also complicit.

Concerns over President Trump and the Republican Congress are not usually expressed that way, but the lack of leadership and the disarray in Congress are not what was expected by those who gave them their margin of victory.

Even those on the losing side in 2016 must have hoped that the victors would end the deadlock, tackle the enormous challenges America faces, and put the election behind them in the interest of unity and progress.

After all, hadn't the losing side campaigned on their theme of "Stronger Together" and hadn't the winners pledged to "Make America Great Again"?

Now, a year later, we are weaker because we are not working together, and Americans are showing no signs of making America great again.

Were some of us "winners at any cost" and some of us still just "sore losers"?

If so, didn't the winners know the falsity of "the ends justify the means"? Didn't the losers really believe in their own concept that these United States of America were strong in the past because we actually did the important things together?

The deadlock Americans had disapproved of has settled in like a cement cloud. Time has been wasted by the lack of leadership and the lack of any real efforts at restoring the needed bipartisanship.

Now well-intentioned representatives and senators are choosing to withdraw rather than feel personally threatened, and humiliated as the result of the growing disarray and seeming inability to bring some harmony into the legislative process.

At that level of our government, reputations are not "saved." Reputations are made.

Sarcasm, denial, revenge, strident criticism, and personal attacks are not the tools needed to get the job done. Without getting the job done, reputations are lost, not made, and reputations cannot even be saved.

Pilots in a tailspin have been taught how to try to survive and save themselves and their aircraft.

There are examples of true statesmanship that can be followed now, examples which can save this current Ship of State, but not unless they are applied before this ship runs out of ocean.

We are all in this together. Last year's losers and winners will suffer alike unless all those who should be in control steer a new and different course. There is little time left to simply waste more of it.

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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Nell,

      In what has to be a "far out" comparison and irreverent, I state here that our politicians as a whole have a task no less daunting than God's. Namely, they have to make things come out "right" and, if possible, to everyone's satisfaction. It cannot happen, simply because they are mere mortals.

      Demas

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      Demas W Jasper 

      23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear William,

      You know already, because it just happened. Summer has turned into ...Fall.

      Actually, for good or for bad, the world as we know it, will change (with or without our involvement.) Fortunately you and I know that it's all in His hands. Demas

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      Nell Rose 

      23 months ago from England

      Living in England we are having a huge divide over the Brexit problem. Whether its a good thing or not, I do wish they would get on with it and stop messing us around. It seems politicians are the same the world over!

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      William Kovacic 

      23 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I have to wonder, Demas - America is a divided nation and a house divided against itself cannot stand. I wonder what's next for America.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      23 months ago from Beautiful South

      Good idea, Demas, but are we in the minority? Maybe it should be the "Silent Majority Party".

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      Demas W Jasper 

      23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Department of Justice? Or Department of Control? A Nation of Laws? Or A Nation of Privilege? A Nation of Heritage? Or a Nation of Anything Goes? A Nation of Swagger? Or A Nation of Humility With Strength? The next three years can answer those questions, or let circumstances and personalities rule the nation. Is there still time to make a difference, or is inertia just too great? As President Trump so often says, "We will see."

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      23 months ago from The Beautiful South

      It has been frustrating but we have to believe we did the right thing and once the investigating is done I know we will be sure of it. America does not sell 20% of our energy to a communist country and many heads should roll for this! How on earth does Hillary get hundreds of millions clearly for this act and she still is not brought up for it? There is corruption in there either scared to death of her or in her pocket. I hope blabbermouth fires some people and gets a real investigation going. We are on our last legs, something has to be done.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear MizBejabbers, My Suggestion: It is time to AMP up our American politics with a third party to be known as The American Minorities Party (A.M.P.) Of recent times the minorities have been catered to every fourth year and forgotten the rest of the time. For those who feel that way, what better solution than to place the deciding votes on so many issues squarely in the hands of those Americans whose views are across the spectrum and still right at home? They are too long ignored, and too late to the party. They need not be "the silent minority."

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      23 months ago from Beautiful South

      Demas, I don't think it was "merely you". I think we all had hopes that whomever was elected would be good for this country, but I think all this election did was to "Make America Hate Again". I would never have voted for Trump, but I had big problems with Hillary's immigration policy. (The proof of generous immigration is in today's Europe.) It's bad when the average American has to vote for the lesser of two evils. I believe right now the country is offering the biggest opportunity for a third party, if that third party doesn't blow it with another "Lum and Abner" show like they did in 2016. One can only hope that some of these dropouts are thinking in that direction.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Surely the status quo (more of what we were experiencing prior to Election 2016) was not endurable. But the present status quo (post election) is not endurable either. Having half the Congress ignoring the other half, on the one hand, and having the other half refusing to offer anything of substance besides votes of "No" is like having a train with engines at the front and the back facing in opposite directions and trying to go the way they are facing...with the American passengers stalemated and fuming in between.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really do question - without getting into personalities - that anyone who voted for the status quo really does not get it. We have a taste of the draining. Some resist it because of fear. Fine.

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