With the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, I feel even more compelled to write this post. It might be considered an open letter, but letters are supposed to be read. For all I know, this will go out to the interwebs and get passed up by everyone that needs to read it most.
Let's get started.
As you know there is an election happening this year. There are some things that I believe are getting lost in the ever growing divide between our nation. The passing of Justice Scalia is now adding to this increasing tension, though Justice Ginsburg is the perfect example of how we should all be acting.
UPHOLD YOUR OATH. It's upsetting to see the majority of Congress ignoring the oath they took in the name of petty grudges against the other party. To be clear, I'm not just picking on the Republicans here. I have full confidence that the Democrats would do the same thing if they were the majority in Congress. But they're not, so Republicans listen up. You swore to the American people that you would uphold our constitution and fulfill the responsibilities of the Senate or the House. So get it together and work with your Democratic counterparts.
COMPROMISE. I'm looking at you, Obama Administration. You're not going to get everything you want out of this SCOTUS nomination. Prioritize what's important and go from there.
KEEP AMERICANS IN MIND. The Rolling Stones say that "you can't always get what you want, but sometimes, you might find, you get what you need." My mother used to sing this to me as a child and it infuriated me, but now I'm passing this wisdom to you Congress. You need to give the American people what they need an put your own issues aside.
Voters - you have your own responsibilities to the American people.
VOTE. Previous generations gave blood, sweat, and tears to earn this right (unless they were white males) so please don't let this opportunity go to waste. If you choose not to vote, that's your choice. But then please don't complain when things didn't go the way you wanted them to. You had your chance.
EDUCATE YOURSELVES. Whether it's doing research on the internet or engaging in civil discussions and debates, learn about the different candidates and vote for what YOU believe in.
VOTE ON MORE THAN ONE ISSUE. I know, this is a big ask for many people. But there are too many important things going on in our nation right now that need attention and we, as a nation need to prioritize. People in Flint, Michigan do not have clean drinking water. In America. People all over are being deterred from voting. In America. People are not getting the education that our tax dollars supposedly pay for. In America.
Bridges are falling. Schools are underfunded. Drinking water is tainted. Medical services are not being provided to those who need it. Homelessness is rising. None of this is going to get solved if we keep placing blame and pointing fingers.
Let's stop acting like kids on a playground and get our shit together, America.
A disgruntled American