THEY CLAIM THIS AS VICTORY?
Many years ago, I attended my one and only Jai Alai match in Florida. I remember my brother-inlaw proclaiming that our team won. He then proceeded to the window to cash in our winning tickets. Strangely, I don’t not remember receiving any payout that night, but I do remember being very confused by rules of the game.
As I watched the election returns Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, I kept thinking about my initiation into the confusing world of Jai Alai long ago.
Currently, the Blue Team is saying it won by taking the House. The Red Team claims it won by fortifying its lead in the Senate, and we keep wondering how anyone can claim victory. We still have infants and children separated from their families at the border. We have families unable to pay for essential medical prescriptions. We have too many children thinking their school could be next in the long line of mass shootings.
So many of us had hoped this election would help to end the rampant xenophobia, violence, and intolerance that is crippling our nation. We had hoped this election would clearly illuminate a national desire to return to civility, ethics, and justice. However, we have once again been denied a payout of common decency. Hopefully, we have gained more from this election than more political deadlock and tribal warfare.
– Joseph Taylor