How Do We Find Our Citizen’s Voice?

It has been a very long election process fraught with so much discord, antagonism and fear-based perspectives.  We as a country have faced an extremely polarizing set of experiences from which some could believe we may not recover. 

Figuring out next steps after turmoil

Now we have completed the democratic process, and we are in the phase of figuring out what is next.  It can be disarming to us all after such a season of stress and uncertainty as to what is before us.

It is clear that a large part of our country has spoken.

Many of the messages heard were about the dissatisfaction with our current realities of political rule, and the issues being discussed need a true unified approach to solve.  It appears to me that politics as we have known, has reached a point in which our citizens are challenging stalemates and divided legislatures. I recognize that diverse viewpoints can be healthy, but as long as we remain firmly opposed (with no grounds of compromise) we will continue as discontented citizens.

No matter where we stand politically, maybe this is a time when significant opportunities arise to find our citizen’s voice and express to our governing representatives our true concerns for our country. I urge that it is not a time to withdraw, but rather, a time to change our stagnant political climates to a hopeful place of growth.

Yes, there are many huge issues.

…Overwhelming concerns such as healthcare,  economy, social security, poverty, taxes, violence, racism, education, and the need to reform so many systems of care for our children.

There have also been numerous references to the need to build our national infrastructure and our national security.  Also, we need to occupy the global space with integrity and compassion.  The list goes on and on.

Yet, in any transition of leadership, we as citizens have the opportunity to find our voice, find our niche and vocally and practically become active to help our politicians and systems to become aware of our concerns and needs. We can fight for our beliefs without violence and help effect changes that are so important to the future of our country. 

As long as we can be heard there is hope for change. 

This past election emphasized that all of us need to be heard.

I, and those who are part of Lakeside, have serious concerns about our children and teenagers, our educational systems, our families and the impact of trauma in the lives of children and adults in this country. We desire to utilize our experiences and professional training to help those who are working with children. We can train them to be trauma-informed, feel nurtured and supported, be equipped and incredibly effective.

In so doing, we can provide hope to those who may feel they are left behind. 

I am sure for others, there are issues equally important which would cause them to find their citizen’s voice to evoke a significant difference in their sphere of influence.

There is so much to do, and we must find our voice, speak with confidence, and do our part to make the changes that are so necessary for those we care about. Our democratic process as asserted in dramatic form offers the platform for new growth and opportunities.  I hope we can all be a part of the change to build new bridges of hope for our families, communities and country.

Gerry Vassar, President/CEO, Lakeside Educational Network



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