Dissent Of The Day

A reader writes:

Before we all fall hopelessly prey to our own emotions and the daily spin surrounding the opposing camps at play in the Democratic Party, is it possible for us to pull back a bit from our ever-hardening positions to see what is really going on this election year, and (dare I say the words), to enjoy the process and be thankful for its meaning?

We are watching the American genius to determine by what and by whom our nation is to be led in all its gloriously-messy splendor, and for the first time in many a year, we are free of the boredom of knowing who the standard bearer will be for the Democratic Party way in advance of the election. For the first time ever, we have the real possibility that our President will be a black man or a woman, and for the first time since the Supreme Court took the power of the ballot box away from the Florida voters in 2000, we have the opportunity to openly debate and determine how best to address the dilemma of full voter enfranchisement versus the problem of ‘not playing by the rules’ so that the ideals of Democracy win instead of which candidate will benefit most.

I know that it’s asking a lot, but if we could just not be such slaves to the latest poll and pundit or to our own prejudices, and admit that maybe, just maybe Hillary is not as evil and self-centered, nor Barrack as much the shining Savior as their supporters and opponents make them out to be, and if we could understand that in all the struggle, uncertainty, lies, truth and hoopla of this contest there is the wondrous evidence of our ongoing vitality as inheritors of the Declaration of Independence,  we could more dispassionately contribute to the issues at stake without malice and irritation, and thus enjoy and be part of what has become a very thrilling ride.