Note from Dan: Ron May is a regular on this board who lives in northern Indiana. He penned this and sent it to me back in September. My apologies, Ron, for letting it slip through the cracks until now.
By Ron May
For many years our country has been living too high on the hog as we sometimes say in Indiana. Leaders of both political parties have, in my view, failed us in this regard.
Another phrase I heard often in my childhood, the chickens have come home to roost, applies now to our situation. How have our current political leaders responded to this critical situation?
Primarily by throwing fire bombs at one another filled with half-truths at best and no truth at worst. It reminds me of rope pushing contests in junior high school, except nobody got hurt during those.
Despite what you might think, I’m not going to suggest that one side or the other is proposing the right path. Frankly, I think both are taking us in the wrong direction.
It is my belief that both sides need to declare a truce. Next I believe each side needs to acknowledge that our country is confronting several very serious challenges. Each side needs to commit to treating one another with dignity and respect.
Next, both sides need to acknowledge that there are good ideas for moving forward being proposed by each side. The next step is to stop the bomb throwing and begin a serious discussion, with details; about the potential for success those good ideas from both sides may have to solve the challenges we confront right now.
Should, by some miracle, both sides actually do what I suggest above between now and November 6, it is my belief that then and only then will the American people be more likely to fully accept the outcome of the election.
Then our political leaders will have to show us that they have the will power to actually do what is needed to solve our problems and move our country forward. Only by doing so can those political leaders have any hope that the American people might have some confidence in their leadership and credibility.
Those are just a few thoughts from an ordinary citizen.