Eight years later, things have turned downright bizarre. When the current President's own brother pledges to vote for the opposite party in the upcoming election and the Republican past presidents won't endorse the Republican nominee, you can sense how divided we have become. At this moment I am perfectly at peace with the fact that the "party" doesn't matter to me. I am having my own party and asking myself these questions: Who is moral? Who is ready to lead? Who is experienced? Who would I trust with the the nuclear button? Who is simply a good person, an honest person?
Even with all the rumblings of fear and displays of violence and uncertainty in the world, I know we'll be OK if we keep moving forward. Positive progressive movement doesn't only apply to politics - it's vital for groundbreaking research, innovative manufacturing, idealist entrepreneurship, excellence in education, social and equality movements, foreign policy goals, and the conservation of our beautiful planet Earth.
But how do we get there? Where is the standard? How do we begin?
You don't have to look very far for the answer. Change and evolution happens every single day in all our lives, mostly in the dynamic and hard work of personal human relationships. It looks like grace when you don't deserve it and sounds like kindness when you didn't earn it.
It walks like love just because love is love. It moves into something bigger. Something worthy of every stakeholder in the room.
And it digs down deep into the walls of dirty dirt to bring up a new handful of roots you planted long long ago when nobody knew where love was headed.
Then you put in seedlings for birthing and expect them to grow.
You can't have a strong nation without fundamentally good and moral people willing to do the same.