The elections are pretty much over. A few close races await final tallies, but the tidal wave has been felt.
Still, we have a divided government. The only way it will truly work is if all parties engage in deep self-reflection and see how they, each of them, may change.
There already are pledges to work together. I want to be hopeful, but I do not know if they are real or just rhetoric. Simply declaring that the time for partisanship is over and expecting it to end is like an alcoholic declaring he’s had his last drink–as he refuses to go to an AA meeting.
If I were in charge–and you should be glad I am not!–I would declare a moratorium of one week on any public comments about the election results, any promises to work together, any declaration of pre-conditions for negotiations, any list of “must do’s.”
Instead of the usual rhetoric and promises, let all the players go home for a week, play with their children and grandchildren, sit quietly with and love their spouse, and most of all, spend hours each day in prayer and meditation, asking for forgiveness for their part in how we got here, for the stupid and untrue things they said about each other (and even some of the true things), and for the obscene amounts of money they raised and spent to get elected or to defeat the other guy.
Then, when there has been some cleansing of the soul, let them come together, chastened by the realization of their own imperfections, the enormity of the challenges they have been empowered to face, and the obligation they have to actually make things right.
Maybe then leaders would begin leading us where we need to go.