Listen or read the text below . ..
It’s surreal to believe that prior November 9, 2016 the biggest controversy discussed in my life was how I could be happy for the Cubs win as a native south-side Chicagoan.
Then it happened. And the world erupted. Or maybe not. The domestic and international markets fluctuated but didn’t crash.
Did I vote for Trump? Nope. Was I crazy about voting for Hillary? Nope. Did I believe the system was functioning optimally? Nope. I voted for what I thought would influence the best change, however I understood from experience that the change would be minimal and slow. I understood there would be gains but probably even more painful losses as evidenced in the implementation of Obamacare. Now while I don’t have to worry about a pre-existing condition I can barely afford the premiums and the deductibles of plan that won’t cover much. I get the pain. I get the anger.
President-elect Trump listened deeply and reacted in a way that mobilized many. We have to respect that. If we were smart we’d learn from it versus continuing to debate it.
This was most recently evidenced by the well-meaning letter the cast of Hamilton read to Vice President- elect Pence. The intention of the letter may have been good but reading the letter to the Vice President- elect in front of the audience was in poor taste.
What if the cast of Hamilton used my favorite soft skill, ‘manners‘? What if they welcomed Vice President- elect to the performance? What if they thanked him for his presence in front of the audience? What if they diplomatically suggested this might be the beginning of a healing dialogue and perhaps some much needed change? Would Vice-president elect Pence have been open to a continued dialogue?
“When they go low, we go high.” Not this time. As artists and communicators the cast of Hamilton did not best use their enviable gifts to influence and persuade. Like President-elect Trump artists’ voices have power. Artists have the opportunity to influence change.
The ship has sailed. This is the new administration.
- If we don’t like the people in the offices we can at least respect the offices they hold.
- If we don’t understand the political process, we should challenge ourselves to understand it.
- If we do understand the process and we think it’s broken, we should challenge ourselves to fix it.
- If the process is working but does not reflect our country’s values, we should work to change it.
I understand red and blue make purple.
Let’s work toward purple.