Despite our different races, cultural backgrounds, and religious affiliations, we are now faced with political choices as an ongoing factor in defining each individual. In every neighborhood, on any street, this one defining idealism is separating communities and families alike.
My 99-year-old mother-in-law, who has seen this nation’s struggles and accomplishments, put it this way: “It’s always temporary.” Her insights and viewpoints add a very different picture to our current divide across America.
She has lived through 18 separate Presidencies, from Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) to Donald Trump today. Throughout the changes in our countries years of war, economic depression, technical and medical advances, one thing stands out in her mind: the embrace of different cultures and people.
It is from this viewpoint we as a nation must make our united stand. What is happening to the American landscape cannot continue. The proliferation of opinions supporting one political mindset against another is an attack on all people.
When newspapers, radio and TV stations endorse a one-sided viewpoint, they are no longer reporting the news. Instead, they are acting as an a propaganda tool for the side they champion.
Our vast history as a nation has seen the challenges of war, the sacrifice of famines and the heartbreak of destruction. The destruction brought about by terrorism has left us scarred and forever mindful of how vulnerable the freedoms we all enjoy are.
The destruction brought about by disasters has left us aware of how the delicate balance of our daily existence can be changed in a heartbeat.
The very last thing any of us need is a media machine imposing upon us a partisan viewpoint. Whether it is an article, a letter or a comic strip; every aspect of leaning toward one side of the aisle serves to distract rather than inform.
What is occurring in our nation’s capital today is more so an embarrassment than any semblance of encouragement for one party being better than the other.
The daily circus of who hates who is a disgrace. We as a people know better. For every challenge, we as a nation have endured, we most need to celebrate what we have survived.
It is unacceptable to witness our leaders acting like schoolyard bullies. It is more embarrassing to see our nation’s reporters and chroniclers of history joining the fray. Our future deserves better.
Despite the interpretations of our historical strife, we have risen to the challenge of endorsing righteousness over ignorance. Whether it is the stupidity of racism or the acceptability of personal sexual identities, religious choices or allegiances, we have displayed a willingness to embrace our differences.
These many differences cannot be catalogued or placed in any suitable demographic. We are above the mindset of any poll designed to endorse a secular opinion.
I have to take the wisdom of my mother-in-law’s comment to heart. In a simple phrase, her years of witnessing and experiencing our countries changes demands recognition.
It asks us to realize the main focus of our daily struggles. It requires us to take every challenge with a grain of salt. It displays the wisdom of time being our most cherished asset.
It’s Always Temporary. The grandstanding of one politician over that of another is a brief line of defense, like a sand castle left overnight at the mercy of waves on a shoreline.
What is evident and the most relevant aspect of our daily conversations is respect for one another. The news happens because life happens. There’s no room for interpretation. Tell the people what occurred, we will decide how to accept or deny the truth.
As we proceed today, we will carry the burden of accepting our differences or perpetuating our divides. The lines are all drawn in the sands of time.
Craig Schwab is a Glendale resident and author of the novel Something in the Neighborhood of Real.