Something struck me last night. It hit me kind of hard too.
I was watching “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.” It’s a cable program of Showtime that goes behind the scenes in politics. It’s interesting. Sometimes, it’s disturbing.
Last night’s episode followed Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene as she campaigned in her district in Georgia. As you can imagine there are strong feelings about her on both sides.
They interviewed several people in her district. Something one man said really got me thinking.
“This country is divided in red and blue, but those colors are on the flag.”
Wow. Just wow. I mean, he’s absolutely right. How did we get so divided in this country? We all share the same flag.
The midterm elections are just a few weeks away. By all accounts, turn out is going to be huge.
Axios reports that more than 5.8 million ballots have been cast across 39 states. If this continues, we could surpass the previous midterm record set in 2018.
NBC News reports that voter interest is at the highest levels it has ever recorded.
What’s going on here? People care. They care a lot.
They care, despite the fact they believe democracy is at risk. A recent New York Times/Siena College poll shows that 71% of all voters believe that. That said, just 7% believe it’s the most important problem facing the country.
So, what are Americans worried most about? The poll cites inflation, abortion and crime. Something else to consider… many have already lost faith in government and democracy.
That worries me. People have just lost faith. I don’t know how you get that back. I see nothing on the horizon to fix it.
Except that guy. That guy I heard last night on “The Circus.” Don’t even know his name. He was a “good ‘ol boy.” A lot wiser than most people I hear pontificating these days.
Again, he said, “This country is divided in red and blue, but those are the colors on the flag.” Brilliant.