by James Wallace Harris, Thursday, November 15, 2018
We can easily see a difference between conservatives and liberals in these pictures. This photo spread has become a popular meme on Facebook. The new conservatives in Congress are all white males except for one white woman. The liberals are still mostly white, but there are more women, and if you look closer, there’s more diversity. If you study the photos a bit more, it appears the liberals are younger on average.
Personally, I think this is good. I feel there are too many old white guys running this country, and I’m an old white guy. I don’t want to get into politics here, but talk about the future. It’s time to rethink everything. We have more problems than any single ideology can solve. If ever there was a time to think out of the box, it’s now.
We’re at a crossroads where one dominant group is fighting with everything they’ve got to retain their dominance. But we live in a country of 325.7 million very diverse people. You can’t judge by appearance. You can’t go by age or gender. But the odds are if all our leaders look the same then everyone is not getting proper representation.
I don’t want leaders who are driven by special interests or limited philosophies. I want leaders who feel compelled to make the 100% happy with the government, not just their own 50%. I want leaders who can see the giant multi-dimensional picture of global everything. Think global act local is still a valid mantra. Our current government is run by a fraction for their own self-interests — that can’t succeed. We are doomed if our votes are only guided by self-interest.
I love the photos above because the diversity of faces looks like the diversity of faces I see everywhere in America. I love the faces above because they are young and the future belongs to them. I don’t want to be governed by a desperate minority hanging onto yesterday, I want to be governed by the majority who will build tomorrow.
2 thoughts on “The Future Belongs to the Young and Diverse”
That’s what I want too, James, but I’m afraid the system is rigged such that the old white guys may hang onto power for a while longer. I just read a day or so ago that Democratic Senate candidates in last week’s mid-terms received 12 million more votes than Republican Senate candidates, but the Republicans have gained at least 1 additional seat in the Senate. Ranked choice voting, which Maine voters have endorsed twice, is being challenged legally as “unconstitutional” by the Republican Congressional incumbent. So a judge will have to make the call. Trump is packing the courts with conservatives as fast as he can. Demographics will eventually overwhelm the Republicans, but I don’t think it will happen in our lifetimes. I am not hopeful.
We just had a referendum to reaffirm a previous referendum that yes, we truly did want ranked choice voting. And it passed a second time. I wonder when it will happen.