I am neither Democrat nor Republican. Having taken Masters level courses in criminology and social justice in my youth, and having become a contemplative monastic in the second half of life, It's no secret that I walk with those on the margins. This is the core of my secular Franciscan theology.
But I don't live in a vacuum. My study of constitutional law and political science in college cultivated a love of our Republic, especially the constitution and the supreme court. I remember standing on the steps of the Supreme Court with pure admiration. Why? Their only job is to interpret the Constitution. Wow! They are the protectors of our freedom.
Why am I writing all this?
Im concerned. The political discourse is raging, taking on constitutional issues like the 2nd Amendment, the electoral college, abortion, and more. As our constitution takes center stage in this election, people on both sides of the aisle are debating issues using a present day lens and/or considering intent of the Framers.
Im looking at it differently. Im curious about the precedent we are setting for the next 400 years....1000 years.... if we are lucky enough to still have a nation. Our fellow nations around the world have histories that go back thousands of years. Can you imagine how that perspective impacts governance?
As a contemplative I'm sitting with the question: How will the decisions we make today impact the future of our nation, a future that we cannot imagine? It's a big question, and sitting with it makes it impossible to easily take sides on current issues.
Thus sitting with these questions helps me better grasp the various perspectives with curiosity as I discern my own opinions.
Those who have discerned that they are called to fighting for what they believe, this is not a statement to stop.
This is my statement of concern and questioning. A statement I felt called to share (which I rarely do). Perhaps it might ring true to another who feels similarly, and it opens space to take an alternative position.
Art by Heather Thompson
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