We have lost our way. We ask what sort of a massacre will it take to get significant action to control gun violence? How much suffering from drought, flood, and fire will we accept before we effectively address climate devastation? How much intrusion into our voting rights, invasion of our privacy, and disregard for women’s rights will we accept before we the people have had enough?
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to govern ourselves with an outdated Constitution and members of three branches of government who have lost the ability to consistently negotiate and compromise. Many of our Republican elected officials have placed reelection and loyalty to the party and its leader over the common good. Many of our Democratic elected officials refuse to negotiate to a central position between their moderates and progressives, leaving them unable to accomplish significant reform. And we the people are complicit. Apathy and cynicism have led many of us to step aside and let the extremists from both sides decide who will represent us.