I have been on this planet for three quarters of a century. During this time, I have survived multiple heart attacks and three open-heart surgeries. Now, I begin each day buoyed by my faith and with a strong belief in the collective power of the American spirit.
Regardless of one’s political bent, it is time to believe in that spirit. The spirit that has served our country through wars, segregation, economic missteps, 9/11 and, of course, the most unimaginable ravage caused by disease, the pandemic of 2020.
As Americans, we have always had each other’s backs in these difficult times. Counting on our neighbors, friends and even strangers when faced with the most difficult of these challenges, Americans show their collective strengths and bravery in overcoming the most serious circumstances.
Today, we must keep our politics completely to ourselves. Believing in the country and upon the principles of our foundation are critical to our future. Voting is our best actionable solution. Absent a small minority of political sycophants with deceitful personal agendas, our elected representatives are good men and women from all across the country.
It is time to support all of them and for them to work together.
Inspired by the selfless contributions of our doctors, nurses, medics, police, firefighters and countless other service providers, our citizenry has the responsibility to follow their example of fortitude. Stop the caustic judgment, the ridicule, the selfish promotion of ideologies and have the backs of our leaders.
Any other behavior leads to irreparable harm and damage to the life and world we, as humans, have in common — and may lose if we don’t wake up very soon. Trust and support, don’t criticize and demean. We will prevail as we always have, God-willing.
Steve Wolkoff, Carmel