Seems like it's been a rough year in America. The economy is still going, but things have never felt more divisive - which obviously spills over into the workplace, thus the post on something you thought had nothing to do with HR...
I'm writing this on 7/3, getting ready for July 4th in the states. Note that I'm hardcore moderate that thinks both polar extremes politically in the states are 100% crazy.
1--We live in a country where you can actually tell the leader to "F off" directly to him/her via his social account. No judgement of the sides here. I just think it's interesting that our society/constitution allows for that and people aren't afraid to do it. Try that in Istanbul or Cairo these days, friends.
I probably don't agree with the decision to tell a leader to F-off publicly. But I'll support your right to do it until the day I die. Side note - don't try this approach with a leader in your company. Like the Dixie Chicks in the early 2000's, you'll find out that your right to free speech is protected, but the free market can and will remove you from corporate consideration.
2--We have a history of being disagreeable and moving for change. It's a long history and I could list the problems America has had through the years - but you're aware of the history. Instead, I'm going to focus on what actually happens over time in America. People are vocal, critical mass is formed and change happens. Just look at America's path to course correct regarding Equal Rights across all Title 7 classes and the extension of those rights beyond Title 7. It's easy to say it took too long - and it did - but just grab a live look in at St. Petersburg, Tabriz or Shenzhen for perspective. Also noted that it remains a work in process.
3--America is still the premiere melting pot of the world. When I look around at the world my sons live in, I'm happy and proud that their world is defined by meritocracy more than mine was growing up. They see race, national origin and gender less than our generation did, and are accepting of people who don't look like them totally kicking a## in various walks of life. Also, whatever your definition of America is, second generations to the states become more much more assimilated into our country than is seen in many European countries. Why? America.
4--There's still a role for moderates in America. If you're not feeling the polar extremes of either political party here, it's OK. While the polar extremes are less tolerant than ever of your willingness to commit, you've become the swing voter block that drives both sides crazy. You're also probably uniquely qualified to manage people as you've learned to see different points of view and co-exist with the highest % of people.
5 - AMERICA ALWAYS COURSE CORRECTS. We've had a lot of dark times in our country and we've made some questionable decisions. What I love about America is that WE ALWAYS THROW THE BUMS OUT. Every. Single. Time. To be fair, points #1 and #2 have a lot to with that. So be active, shoot your shot and trust the process. If you don't like how things are going in the USA - all you have to do is wait - we are junkies for change and can't accept too much of a single point of view. (side note - the picture in this post is my 4th of July t-shirt)
Happy Birthday America. You're imperfect, dysfunctional at times and a loud, drunk roommate.
But you're still the best thing going. See you at the cookout.