Genuine question to all of us here on ATS who are American citizens (and even those who aren’t, ideas welcome)
Where do we go from here?
It’s plainly obvious that our country, made up of “liberals” and “conservatives” or those who voted for Trump and Biden, is further apart
than we have experienced as a nation in hundreds of years.
Many many people are very upset on both sides. Trust in the democratic system has eroded. Serious questions have been brought before the courts, and
because they have ruled a certain way, now there is no trust in the courts by a large number of our citizens.
We have had domestic terrorism in multiple cities from participants on multiple sides, including most recently in our Capitol. The belief in
conspiracy theories is extremely strong, which is fueling even more anger. People are afraid for their lives and believe their rights have been
stripped from them.
By the way, this is the FBI definition of domestic terrorism: “ Domestic terrorism: Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to
further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.”
No matter how you slice it, people in this country are extremely angry and distrusting. There’s a lot of hatred on both sides.
My question to you all is this: where can we actually go from here?
The country is not a simple divide of north and south. Secession does not make much sense to me personally, as it would make things very complicated
geographically and economically.
Many of us live in places where we are neighbors. We might work together. But it’s become difficult to be in a place of business without hearing
someone else’s rhetoric or beliefs or fears.
Many of us might have families and friends that are divided along political lines. Many of us may not, but may also be exhausted by the unending
justification of why the other side is wrong?
I challenge you to give me three bullet points of practical steps that we can take moving forward to unite our country and, if not repair the damage
that has been done, at the very least how can we use what we have learned to improve this country?
I’m looking for three clear ideas. Practical solutions. Things that could actually work.
I don’t have the answers obviously but I don’t think we as a nation will have any strength unless we can learn to think strategically together.
And I truly mean together. I want everyone’s ideas, even if I don’t agree with them, because that’s the only way I’ll be able to understand
and gain any empathy for people that I don’t agree with.
But they have to be three clear ideas for how to create real change.
Please respect everyone else’s ideas. Please please don’t take this as an opportunity to argue and put other people’s perspectives down. We all
deserve to be heard and hopefully this will spark some good ideas that can be focused on in other threads.
I won’t be very active writing beyond this first post but I will be listening and I hope others do the same.
I’ll go first:
1. Read up on, and start having conversations about movement away from a two-party system. This means we all do some research on other models of
democracy out there, like proportional systems and multi-party systems, and how coalitions work. This can exist within a constitution-led democratic
state. What I like about some of these systems is that it forces people who really disagree to work together, to understand each other.
2. We each make personal efforts to make or maintain friendships with those who disagree with us politically. I actually really value my friendships
with people on the other side of the aisle because I do learn from them, it helps me to see things from their perspective. I personally feel like
being a good American means having those relationships with people who see things differently, even if in the end no one changes their mind.
3. Look into technology that can make the voting process more secure and at the same time, more transparent. Maybe more consistent across state lines,
too. To me it’s interesting that voting does come down to state’s rights when it affects the whole nation. This has obviously caused a lot of
anger for a lot of people. It’s 2021 so maybe there is a good, modern solution out there somewhere. Instilling more trust in the election process
somehow should be a priority. As a citizen I feel that the voting mechanics are confusing and antiquated.
Okay now you go. Three clear action items.
edit on 1/8/2021 by ravenshadow13 because: Title edit