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What the Mueller Report Says About Democracy

Posted by Erik Jetmir on

With the conclusion of the Mueller investigation the process now begins for a nation to review a possible list of scenarios. The news and media are full of speculation and posturing but little is being discussed about what this really tells us about….well……..us. The American people. At the end of the day elected officials are at the center of this issue. An investigation into some very significant charges and 34 people and 3 companies charged. Does this say anything specific about us as a nation? These elected officials represent the people that voted for them. As a voting block (or in some cases, a non voting block) this report represents the voters ability to judicially choose qualified leaders.

We have 62 million Americans that bet on the current president to navigate the waters of politics and deliver on platforms many have considered divisive and greatly controversial. This includes what many feel is very harsh language and rhetoric few would have expected out of a candidate or sitting president. So, is this who we are? Really?

With all that said, it is certain of two things: (1) The report will be comprehensive (2) the republic is stronger because of it, regardless of the outcome. Next week will likely be a very insightful.

It’s About Us

Posted by Erik Jetmir on

The politics of the last few years (and certainly this is true about politics at large) tell us more about ourselves than the candidates. 62 million voted for Trump and there are countless questions that can be asked.

Does the moral character of a candidate we support reflect our own moral choices?

How much of ourselves do we see in candidates?

How do generational culture norms effect our thinking?

Do our biases play a stronger role than we give credit?

Can we say “I think I got this wrong” and if we did, what is the process of reflection and getting informed?

How informed are we when we vote or is this process purely emotional?

So much can be said about the current state of discourse. Even more can be said about the role of media to be influenced by the events and drive the events. The current aberrant attack’s on the media to impugn the integrity and efficacy of their work is tragic, but not without historic precedent.

Many leaders have been unhappy with the media and clearly there are lots of examples of that. We will each have to determine if that animus is because of reporting the individual is unflatteringly portrayed in or the quality is poor. We will each also have to consider with new elections if it’s time to better reflect on what we each DIDN’T do in the last election, that we want to do differently in this one.

9 Months Later- June 2018 to March 2019

Posted by Erik Jetmir on

“Do not give yesterday your today”

Erik Jetmir

Hello all. What can I say, its been a long time. It has been a year of extraordinary change. Some of which has been great, and well some of which has been challenging. I will spare you the details. If you know me well, you have heard all of this.

I can think of many of the great lessons of the last year but at the top of that list is to take amazing care of yourself. I am not sure I always did a great job of that. I thought at the time I did, but I would find that to not be the case. I am definitely doing a lot better job of that. The second one of those lessons is to cherish those who are caring for you and with great haste separate yourself from those who are not. This is something us male types are not always good at. We need to do a better job of this.

This is a quick note and I am not going to spend to much time on this. I am going to move on to posts about more relevant topics, like what is going on in the world. Hope if you are reading this that you are taking great care of yourself. Talk to you soon. Erik

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