By Graham Glover –
We still have a long way to go in the 2016 election cycle. We may think we know who the party’s nominees are, but if there is anything this election has proven, it is that this year is entirely unpredictable. I suggest you get comfortable and fasten your seatbelt, because there are a lot of twists and turns yet to come this election year. Nobody knows what America will wake up to on November 9th. Nobody. All we know is that anything and everything is within the realm of possibility.
We can, however, say with absolute certainty that we’re going to hear a lot over the next several months about how America is broken. Candidates of both parties, running for a variety of offices, are going to try to scare us into thinking that unless something drastic is done – unless we elect them – our nation is doomed. Slogans like, “Make America Great Again”, will continue to drown out the rhetoric of 2016, and I don’t just have in mind the campaign of a certain “businessman” seeking the Oval Office. The idea that somehow our country is on the verge of catastrophe, that this is the most important election in our lifetime, will, if it hasn’t already, become commonplace on the political stump.
But this idea is absurd. The thought that America is broken has no basis in reality. America is and will remain great, even if November 9th proves to be the beginning of an administration nobody ever dreamed possible.
Is American fallible? Of course. Should our nation continue to address and debate how to improve our economy and strategically position ourselves in a very volatile world? Without question. But do we need to make America great again? No way. America is already the greatest nation on earth and will remain this way for generations to come.
Some of my peers, to include clergy, Soldiers, and businessmen, think that America is on the brink. They point to the two leading candidates of each party and say that neither is up to the task of leading the free world. For differing reasons, they have little faith in either the Democrats or Republicans. They are afraid of the electorate and the results that they will deliver us in November.
But I differ from the naysayers. I’ll grant that this election is like no other. I’m still trying to figure out why the primaries are unfolding as they are. I’m not thrilled with my choices and have no idea who I will vote for this fall. I’m the quintessential “undecided” voter.
But I believe in America. I believe that, despite the emotions of the electorate, the rhetoric of our politicians, and the turbulence of our times, our nation will persevere. Our democratic republic is far from perfect, but we remain the best thing going. No other nation, and no other form of government comes close to offering what America does. Things may be a bit hazy. Politics as we know it may be transforming before our eyes. But the genius of America remains great. Of this, there is no debate.