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     October 29, 2020      #99-303 KDJ
 

Gary Moore: Take heart, the madness of 2020 is

By Gary W. Moore

A friend texted me a few days ago and said, “You’re going to need to issue a retraction.”

I responded with a very articulate and intelligent, “Huh?”

She then texted a picture of my first column of the year, entitled, “2020 Promises to be Awesome!” Maybe awesome wasn’t the correct word.

Another friend posted on Facebook, “Dear Mom, you once threatened to slap me into next year. Does that offer still stand?”

Although a funny statement, I think most of us would endure that slap if it truly delivered the desired result.

I’ll admit, 2020 wasn’t exactly what I expected and hoped for. We were handed a virus, (I believe history will show it came from China, but does it really matter?) that we didn’t and maybe still don’t understand. One side is saying, “We left you a plan! All you had to do was follow it,” while the other side is claiming that early closing of the borders saved lives. I really don’t care who was in office, this is a virus no one understood and it’s impossible to prepare for something you don’t understand. Those screaming that the current administration has blood on their hands are making irresponsible claims to gain votes.

However, it’s election season and irresponsible and ridiculous claims are being sprayed like machine gun fire from both sides. As we talked about a few weeks ago, it would seem that civility is dead.

The best news of the year is that the election will soon be over and “hopefully” the heat of the national discourse will cool.

Is that wishful thinking? I keep making the same point but it’s important.

I trust the will of the American people. If your candidate doesn’t win, it’s not the end of life on Earth as we know it. There is another election in four years and the beauty of our system is that we have checks and balances to keep us from driving off the rails until then. The worse thing that can happen is if a single party takes control of all three branches of government. Trust me, neither party is always right or always wrong. A little gridlock slows things down and forces negotiation.

I’ve never seen both sides so frantic. The screams from both left and right claim that if the other party ends, the nation will be irreversibly changed for the worse.

Irreversibly?

I don’t think so. So please, lower the volume, take a breath, and relax. The sun will rise on Nov. 4 and life will go on.

As for COVID-19 ... it’s become so politicized that it’s hard to know what’s true. And shame on both parties for using a national life and death circumstance as a tool to gain votes.

But that is how 2020 began. It doesn’t mean that it must end this way. I am not naive. I understand there’s nothing that’s going to change until after the election. If we are going to save our nation, we must accept the will of the people, regardless of who wins, then move forward together.

Sounds simple ... but it’s not easy.

First, watch a few movies and skip the evening news channels. Prime time is where the barking opinion heads work hard to hijack your head and heart. Watch a movie, read a book, take a walk ... do anything but expose yourself to the evening vitriol.

While in your car, listen to music and again, avoid the shrill political voices coming out of your radio. Please understand ... these voices are rarely there to inform. They are there to manipulate your hearts and mind to come over to their side.

Relax. Take a breath. Turn off the noise. We are better than this and from Nov. 4 to Dec. 31, don’t let the results of this election determine your happiness. Let’s work on taking our year back and ending on a happier note.

American optimism is what has made the United States of America a beacon of hope, peace and prosperity. Be hopeful. Find your peace. Let’s all prosper together, regardless of outcome.

I choose optimism over despair.

Vote, then move on.

Will you join me?

Gary W. Moore is a freelance columnist, speaker, and author of three books including the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “Playing with the Enemy.’’ He can be contacted through the Daily Journal at editors@daily-journal.com.

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