What are the issues that matter the most to me…and why?
This is the first in a 3-part series on Pondering Politics as we prepare for the state and federal elections on November 6. I know. I know. More politics. Please no. I just got home from vacation, and my mailbox is overflowing with mailers featuring superimposed faces, angry red lettering, accusations, and fear tactics. Media channels are political minefields and so, too, is my seemingly innocent stack of mail.
What I feel is this: We read about politics. We worry about politics. We rant about politics. We argue about politics. But do we adequately ponder them? By this I mean, do we really sit with ourselves and with one another and with the deluge of information shoved our way and think deeply about the issues, the candidates, the big picture, the search for truth, the future. Do we try to bring wisdom and discernment to this mess? Some of us do, but it is so hard. That’s where we come in, all of us together. The questions posed over the next few weeks and the opportunity to engage civilly around them is our attempt to help bring heightened understanding and intentionality to our vote but ultimately to our community.
So, this week, we begin with the question: What are the issues that matter the most to me…and why? What are the issues that matter to me the most on a national level? And what are the issues that matter to me the most on a state level? Why do I feel these issues are so central to the future of our country? What will they ensure for us as a people and a nation?