Leadership Now Project: How Do We Save Our Democracy?
Leadership Now Project featured in Forbes.
The current campaign for the United States presidency has been one of the most heated, polarizing and hate-inducing races in modern history. Long before the election cycle started, tensions in America flared. President Donald Trump was both adored by his supporters and vilified and hated by his detractors. Civil unrest spilled onto the streets. We witnessed some bad actors mar peaceful protests by looting, stealing, robbing stores, setting businesses and buildings on fire. We’re in a polarized country divided by two factions that can't seem to agree on anything. One says the sky is blue and the other side says it's green. Our elected officials have proven incapable of rising to the occasion to bring down the tensions and offer real leadership. Everything has been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic that has stricken a large number of people.
As we’re inching closer to Nov. 3, there is palpable fear over whether or not a winner will be declared during the traditional night after the polls close. It's already believed that it will take weeks—or longer—to tally up all of the mail-in votes. Whichever side loses the count will surely protest and say that the elections are rigged. The other side will claim victory. For the first time since the Civil War, it feels that we could have a battle waging between families and friends over who should rightly hold the highest office in the land. Since we’ve already seen ugly violence in the streets of major cities, it's not unreasonable to see this happen once more—and it will most likely be intensified.
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