Trial by Fire


It’s never too late, but ugly is as ugly does. I don’t remove myself from that statement. Anyone who’s visited this blog or my twitter feed knows who I’m voting for and who I rail against.

So this is me. Am I mistaken to take it further and say this is us? Eleven short days before we elect our new president, who we are is not in question, but where we’re going is. What vision do we have for these United States, which–at least, right now–seem to be anything but? No doubt this country is fractured in all kinds of ways: split economically and racially; divided by party, gender, sexuality, religion, education, opportunity, the rule of law. And the threads that have historically bound us together–our national pride, our democratic system, our humanity, our decency–are most certainly frayed, almost beyond repair.

But the key word is almost. November 8 will be the test for us, because someone’s candidate is going to win, and someone’s candidate is going to lose. What happens next is anyone’s guess; only time will tell if our presidential choice was wise or folly.

Today is no different than yesterday or last week/month/year: fear and anger bubble to the surface of our collective conscience, solidifying the divisive construct of us vs. them: angels or demons, right or left, right  or wrong–


When our children look back on this tumultuous time, who and what will they see? It’s never too late for us to be who we might have been, had we taken a deep breath today, had we stepped back from the vitriol and the rhetoric, had we given thanks for all we have and all we’ve accomplished–we, as in, the people.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, for our children’s sake as well as our own: we’re in this together, folks.

6 thoughts on “Trial by Fire

  1. No, you are not mistaken to say this is us. Regardless of which way we lean, who we vote for, what we rail against. IMO, this is a large part of the problem, that instinct to proclaim, “It’s them, not me.” Once you’re comfortable with *them* as the identifier, it stops mattering who the them is. That we have different leanings, different beliefs, this isn’t a negative, in fact it opens the door to glorious. We all bear responsibility for one another. It must be us.


  2. As a Canadian, I have been following the US presidential election with far more intensity this time around. And it makes me nervous. Neither candidate seems to be the kind of person the average American would want as their president. The fighting has been brutal and ‘unpresidential’ on both sides. How will either one deal with Canada/US relations? Who knows. One talks friendship but can’t be trusted and one talks isolationism but is mostly bluster. Hopefully the one chosen by the American people will benefit both the US and Canada. As near neighbors, what befalls the US impacts Canada. And so – we wait.


    • We all wait. And cross our fingers. And hope for better days, which this world needs now more than ever.

      Thanks for weighing in, Linnea. Here’s to better days, for all of us.


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