“When a promise can’t stand the test of honesty, then failure is inevitable!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
No doubt the world watches in disbelief, trepidation, the foreboding of horror, shock, denial, fear. A full range of emotions runs rampant; a collective breath is inhaled.
But make no mistake – what unfolds today and over the course of the next several weeks will have seismic consequences for the rest of the 21st century and beyond. Everything is on the table – the climate, human decency, the opportunity for advancing global freedom and democracy, health…..
Take a look at the final pre-election opinion by Thomas Friedman, which sums it up best:
“There is no escaping it: America is on the ballot on Tuesday — the stability and quality of our governing institutions, our alliances, how we treat one another, our basic commitment to scientific principles and the minimum decency that we expect from our leaders. The whole ball of wax is on the ballot.”
He goes on to note:
“If America goes dark, if the message broadcast by the Statue of Liberty shifts from “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” to “get the hell off my lawn…”
It goes beyond that:
“…if foreigners stop believing that there is somewhere over the rainbow where truth is still held sacred in news reporting and where justice is the norm in most of the courts, then the whole world will get darker. Those who have looked to us for inspiration will have no widely respected reference point against which to critique their own governments.”
The globe today runs the risk of losing final respect for the one nation that, despite all its mistakes and blunders, has stood the test of time as a beacon of hope.
If the flame goes dark and is extinguished, we all lose.