Our imagination about what we can do cannot be limited by the aims of those who seek power and wealth at our collective demise. The division in America is real - we witness daily the political framing of polarization - The air and radio waves target the real pain and discontent to fuel anger, outrage, and division - and we feel the culmination of it in our communities and often in our own families.
There is a culture war taking place in America that's not relegated to the most spectacular of instances like the insurrection on January 6th, or the escalation of violence taking place across our country - it resides in the hearts and minds of people stretched across America be we urban, suburban, rural.
The reality we face together is a perilous and uncertain future. Our best days will not come from our division, but our unity. It will come from our ability to come together across difference to see ourselves as part of the solution and one that will not come from a political party, but our ability to see our interests and values shared - to see ourselves in fundamental relationship with one another and ready for the task of balancing self-interest with our deeper responsibility to one other. Whoever we are, most of us are not happy with how our systems are working. And still, we've been entrusted with this moment to move beyond what is, to build what can be. The test is whether we can reset our course and bend the arc toward justice supported by pillars of truly inclusive democracy and people centered power to create a durable democratic society for ours and future generations. Uncontested, the promise of America is unfulfilled, how we show up now will determine how we move forward together - and it is the work of this innovative project.
Laura Flanders presents Democracy: A National Temperature Check