As a sultry nightfall settled in Fort Lauderdale, on the Fourth of July, I again experienced the pulsating pops, psychedelic light show, and smoke haze of fireworks shows exploding nearby to shatter the normally serene atmosphere of my middle class, suburban neighborhood. As extreme vibrations from each blast went off, a disturbing cacophony of dog barkings, cat screams, and car alarms proceeded to distract my mind while along the nearby lake, fish leaped from the sound rippling water at this unsettled time. I soon imagined that this experience much resemble a war scene.
The next evening , I expected a continued “fireworks” show of political negativism, so to speak, would take place during my attendance at a local Democratic Club outing in Davie, Florida. Seeing posted signs of Anti-Trump rebellion, I anticipated then that this meeting would quickly “spin” into a heated forum for emotionally “mudslinging dirt” about Republican opponents running in the upcoming November, midterm elections. To my surprise, however , the event proceeded for the next two hours in a much more surprisingly positive fashion.
How motivating to me that I participated in a quietly reflective, round table” discussion with other Democratic voters concerning ways to increase voting turnout. Good timing it seemed to hear Florida gubernatorial candidates Phil Levine, former State Senator Jeremy Ring, and others educate me on key issues at this time without blaming the current Republican party majority. How gratifying that I was given ample opportunity to engage in face to face discussions with elected officials to air strictly issue viewpoints tonight. I felt the excitement of former governor/U.S. senator Bob Graham entering the room to a standing ovation at the end of the meeting. His passionate optimism to support his daughter Gwen’s run for next Florida governor provided convincing evidence that Democrats would be winning more elections with positive role models like her in the future.
It thus appears that the Democratic Party can gain ground in midterm elections to increase voter turnout by engaging in such hard work as I viewed this night to foster enhanced community interest. It’s also clear to me that enticing one to vote Democrat does not necessitate a raucous, Trump mob scene where followers blindly join in with cultish obedience. I thus look forward to seeing a fitting end to a fireworks show of “blaming and shaming others” before upcoming elections as Democratic Party candidates choose “high road” methods to promote renewed respect for truth, scientific outlook, and human dignity in their campaign behavior.