There is no longer an “average American.” There are only individuals… People of many disparate and varied backgrounds, ethnicities, Faith’s, races, genders, etc… And because we all too often allow these lines to be the lines along which the discourse is formed, they become dividing lines, if not battle lines.
Like it or not, our government will always reflect the best and the worst of us. It is only when individuals choose to look past these lines, these fissures in Democracy, that we can have a government that reflects the better Angels of our nature – when we speak with a collective voice that reaffirms why we became a nation to begin with…”To form a more perfect union.”
When our collective voice is silent and our individual voices, divided along these self-inflicted cracks in humanity’s consciousness rise to a clamorous din, as they are now, that we get what we currently have.
Our government is a mirror that reflects back upon what is standing in front of it. So, if we don’t like what we see, we, not as individuals but as “The People,” must have the collective will to change it. It was, is and will always be about us.