Am I blue?
Well, a little actually, in the sense of sad and disappointed.
Melancholy you might say.
Our culture and its communities have been divided - and conquered - by the simplistic, yet sinister, notion that citizens can be classified according to their voter registration and be counted as members of only one team or the other. Red or Blue. Non-aligned voters are not counted at all.
And may the best team win.
Team. Not party. Because this isn’t any fun. Nor is it a game as some would wish. Citizenship is serious business that must operate at full proficiency at all times, not merely for regularly scheduled election days, but day in and day out for the good of the country.
Sir Isaac Newton's first law states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. This tendency to resist changes in a state of motion is inertia
Politicians are the objects. Voters are the external force. We must apply that force sufficiently to change the state of affairs that we find ourselves in. Politicians will not.
And we find ourselves not merely divided, but also distracted and misdirected by the inertia of the entrenched politicos who have no taste for change or willingness to consider any view beyond the halls of power they prowl.
We are unrepresented.
This is the first state we must change, by electing replacements for the incumbents who work for their own interests as opposed to ours. And we must insist on being represented by constant communication with those we vote into office or vote them right back out until we get what we deserve.
Dollars are not voters.
Endorsements are not voters.
Polls are not voters.
Nor are precincts, cities, districts, counties, or states.
We are the voters. One at a time. Free to choose. So we must choose wisely and hold ourselves as accountable as those we elect.