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TO YOU WHO FEAR THE FUTURE.

Take a deep breath and look around. 

The world is still spinning, birds still chirping, the air still circulating and feeding your lungs. There is nothing in the present moment that will hurt you or harm your future. 

Unless you choose to make it so.

In the present moment you are safe and free from harm. All your fears are mere speculation about the future. Wisps of movie plots summoned by a mind too familiar with history’s darkest moments. Insights shabbily based on worst case scenarios.

No matter what you fear will happen, the future will make its own decisions. Fate has never been based on projections that arise from one’s own insecurities. 

Currently our chief scary thing

That is not to say bad things will not be coming at you, or that your insights into human nature will prove false. Whatever is meant to happen will happen. Bad people will inevitably do bad things. Greed and selfishness will undoubtedly breed bad behavior. Much of it, if tackled before it grows unmanageable, can be avoided or lessened. But the future will come whether you wish it to or not.

If it helps, keep in mind that we are not living in a time of exceptional or unprecedented danger. Other Americans have faced larger challenges and unimaginable threats. We do not face annihilation of our race or way of life, as did the innocent and woefully outnumbered native Americans. Nor are we—present invective aside— poised on the brink of a devastating civil war. So, yes, the Union still stands. Albeit a little more shakily after the events of last week in Washington.

You would do well to live in the present moment, as much as you can. It is only there that the concerns about the future can be met with appropriate action and words. Whether it be joining a political campaign, writing letters to newspapers or educating yourself about what is really going on.

Perhaps even writing a blog post…?

You are not wrong if you judge our country and its leaders to have lost their way. The evidence is too overwhelming to be denied. Nor are you wrong to have concerns about where things will lead.

But rather than lose sleep about the fate we are heading towards, act now while that fate can still be shaped.

And, please, don’t forget to breathe.

A SEARCH FOR GREATNESS

My choice this election cycle did not come easy.

There are probably 5 or 6 democratic candidates who would make good presidents. Good, just good, not great. After Trump that would be child’s play, appearing to be a good president.

However, there were not many on last night’s debate stage who strike me as potentially great.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Roll that idea around in your head, a great president. We haven’t seen one in a long time. Not in my lifetime. We’ve had a number of good presidents. Presidents who followed laws and traditions. Presidents who honored the dictates and courtesies of democracy. Presidents who labored to help the downtrodden and fight against the rule of despots in countries near and far.

Roosevelt work program

In my mind, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the last Great President of the United States of America. A president who came along when America needed greatness and bold ideas. When you start from the fundamental belief that government exists to serve the needs of its populace, you stick your finger in the face of anyone who starts shrieking “Socialism!” as if there were bugs in their bed.

Also a work program, but environmentally-focused

If F.D.R was a socialist he was a pretty strange looking socialist. More effete intellectual than socialist firebrand, more concerned citizen than self-enriching politician, F.D.R. came from a privileged background, the kind that believed their duty was to lean over to help those lower on the social and economic ladders. Noblesse oblige in all its glory, especially when showered down upon impoverished masses with hollow dustbowl futures.

Bringing the Modern Era to an entire region

And now, 74 years after the death of F.D.R., I survey the debate stage and search for the one candidate strong enough, committed enough, and human enough to wear the mantle that F.D.R. so brilliantly modeled. A candidate strong enough in her beliefs to shrug off all the naysayers that will come at her. And there will be many. But, most important, a candidate strong enough to beat the wind out of a corrupt, noxious and bloated gasbag!

I believe there is such a candidate.

That’s why I’m supporting Elizabeth Warren.