America's Future 2017 to 2020
It Represents our Past, Present, and Future.
United we Stand. Divided we Fall.
When the furor subsides over who won, how, and by how many votes (if all the absentee and mail-in votes ever finally get tallied) Americans will finally settle down and stop, look, and listen.
How naive is that!
Some won't stop. Most will look. A few will listen, and America will move on, hated by many, admired by many, and "ho, hummed" by the others in the world except when what Americans do directly affects their lives.
America's chances that this nation of 325 million in 2017 will actually affect the lives of those "ho hummers" are so great that even Las Vegas odds-makers would not take odds against them.
Can you name a place in the world that is not affected by America?
Does global climate change help you to answer that question?
Like it or not sea levels are rising, polar ice caps are melting, extraordinary weather events are happening, and nations' leaders are meeting to discuss how these affect their people and their nations' economies.
The economy in Communist China is growing rapidly and could make China the dominant economic power in the world by America's next election.
Promises of job growth, more-favorable trade deals,, growing industries, and revitalizing America's infrastructure, if realized, will allow Americans to give China a run for its money.
Promises of a leaner, more efficient government with power closer to the people, have the potential to bring about real changes in the states in terms of education, healthcare, taxes, and infrastructure spending.
Promises on strengthening America's national defense carry with them the potential for reorienting America's global outlook to focus primarily on America's internal priorities.
Quite often the best way to make progress on a serious problem is to first expose its magnitude and its realiiy. "Out of sight, out of mind" can't solve problems of civil and uncivil discourse on problems such as racism, income disparities, class, sectionalism, and what I will label as "partyism".
Americans have a fresh opportunity to look in the national mirror and see an accurate reflection of themselves. What they can see, if they bother to turn on the light, stop, look, and listen, are those un-American vestiges from the distant and more recent past which led so many voters to express their own desire for change at almost any cost.
The Republicans with their control of the executive and congressional branches of the federal government, and now with a strong influence toward a fully functioning American judicial system, are in a unique position to put into action what Republicans have failed to accomplish in their party's history since Abraham Lincoln.
Will they keep their successful candidate's promises to those who voted them into such a powerful position?
Just as importantly, will a loyal opposition work constructively across the aisle with them to realize the progress America must achieve to fulfill the promise of America's potential for greatness?
The losing candidate adopted the Democrats' theme of "Stronger Together". America can be stronger together. But to become even stronger, Americans must act together.
If our national leaders in both major parties work together, the years 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 are years that will see all of us and all our unique liberties become stronger because we tackled our challenges head-on and did it together.
A better, more united America is also better for the world, or else the goals that Americans are truly striving for are simply not attainable by any well-intentioned people.
Here is a caution from the past about the difficult road ahead:
as well as a look at what we did not deal with in a united way from 2012 to 2016:
© 2016 Demas W Jasper