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    • Kim Orendor

    • September 28, 2016 in Columnists

    America’s greatness is its people, not its politics

    Dear friends and family,

    After nearly 24 hours of annoying social media posts for and against both political sides, I think it’s time someone told you the truth: Neither one of these candidates is going to make America great again.

    First, I believe this because I think America is still pretty great. I’ve been around the world a bit, and despite some flaws, the US is a step above in many respects.

    Second, I believe this because I’ve lived a long time now and have heard other candidates say how they’d fix things and upon being elected never really have.

    Plus, during my life, I’ve had candidates I’ve voted for and against sitting in that oval office, and my joy remained full because it’s not dependent on them. They don’t and can’t make this the place you want it to be. But you know who can?

    You and me.

    What makes America great is us, we the people.

    It’s the little kid who decides to sell lemonade because he heard his classmate needs new shoes but his family can’t afford them.

    It’s the millennial who hears a coworker is ill and arranges meals to be delivered to their home.

    It’s the out-of-work builder who helps paint his elderly neighbor’s fence.

    America is at its best when we are at ours. America turns ugly when we turn on ourselves.

    Yes, things could be better. Yes, we can do better. When we focus on helping others, we are helped in the process.

    Not sure where to start? See if your neighbor needs help. For some of you, learning your neighbor’s name will be a start.

    Smile more.

    Volunteer to help at a local school, read to kids at the library, or drive carpool.

    Join a service club to help children in need, protect the environment or promote local businesses.

    Voting is only one step. After you cast your vote, life will still continue. America will still be here. The type of America that will come out of this is up to us.

    We can either grumble and complain for four years or we can step up and make our neighborhoods the places we want them to be.

      • Terri Connett

      • September 28, 2016 at 11:25 am
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      Great column and sentiment! It takes a village to build the neighborhoods we want to live in. Thanks for writing this at a time when we are bombarded with despair.

        • Kim Orendor

        • September 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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        Thank you very much for the kind words.

      • Madge

      • September 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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      • Maya Spier Stiles North

      • September 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm
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      I agree that the quality that makes this country — and the world — great will always be the populace, not the politicians. That said, I have railed and wailed when Republicans took office because I could see where it was going to take us (I was right every time so far since the first time I voted in the mid-70s) but didn’t actually think that the world was at stake because of them. With Trump, when I run the potential futures of his possible presidency, I see nothing but disaster with the worst among us at the very least enabled and empowered and at worst encouraged to unleash their evils upon the rest of us, particularly the vulnerable. If he wins, even the innate goodness of so many people will not help us.

    • Good to have this uplift, and I think acting in our own lives does have political power. I say something like this in A Post Trumpian Politics but your column puts it more compellingly.

      • Heather Alani

      • October 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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      It’s exactly that. The voice, the change, and the future lies within the people. Thank you.

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