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Guess It's Time

Marlene Geiser

Posted on July 6, 2019 12:37

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On July 4th my husband and I saw a debate on television. The participants were vying for the Democratic nomination. After watching, some important ideas came to mind.

It has been some time since I communicated with all of you, so I decided that today would be the day.

We celebrated America's independence on July 4th. It commemorated the founding of this country, and has given me the opportunity to put my two cents in.

That same evening, my husband and I watched a debate that had already been held the previous week. The individuals who would like to sit in the "big chair" in Washington had their opportunity to give the watching public their vision of how this country should function.

Naturally, they were Democrats, as Mr. Trump will be representing his party unless he has been impeached before the election takes place.

Speaking for myself, I am sick of Trumpist politics. As an ex-Political Science professor, I have watched as he took this country and destroyed everything of which we were once proud, making me ashamed to watch the news.

The question remains, what do people like me do to prevent the continuation of behaviors and decisions made by this man?

When I was teaching, I asked my students to explore certain questions about issues that were facing our country. I didn't tell them what the right answer was. Instead, I encouraged them to find their own solutions via research. 

The dialogues that ensued were intriguing. While my students spoke, I became another participant instead of the all knowing mentor. I was a liberal, but had never enjoyed a class as much as when there was at least one conservative in attendance.

What bothered me was that some of the other Political Science professors used their classes to inculcate students with their personal views. Interestingly, those teachers were often the reason that some of my students were taking American Politics again with me.

I was also a Philosophy professor. Holding discussions with my students had prepared me to do what the philosophers of the past had done. They had searched for the truth, and didn't accept other answers without having researched the subject matter for themselves.

As I watched the Democratic debate on my television set, I found myself listening to the participants as individuals, not as proponents of a specific perspective, again recognizing that no one has all the answers. It seems to me that it is the responsibility of every American to carefully listen to what every potential candidate has to say. Even though individuals may call themselves Democrats or Republicans for that matter, it is significant that we take the time to be aware of what a specific candidate has done in the past.

The next few months should be an interesting time. Speaking for myself, I'm ready to listen and participate.

Marlene Geiser

Posted on July 6, 2019 12:37

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Source: Inc.com

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