As this angry, vulgar, and often heartless American presidential campaign trudges toward its November 8 Election Day, I can’t help but wonder how we will start to pick up the pieces the day after.
This blog is mainly about work, workers, and workplaces. But the broader political climate certainly relates to jobs, the labor market, and employee relations, and that climate is quite dismal. Both the tone and substance of this campaign have been largely absent any sense of dignity, kindness, and empathy, and the interests of everyday workers and their families have been largely marginalized in the so-called debate.
Dignity, kindness, and empathy. Sheesh, I feel silly even invoking these words in association with a national campaign season, especially this one.
Such is the disconnect between our current politics and our current human needs. I hope that we can avoid a truly horrific result in November, but regardless of the outcome, we will be ripe for a reckoning and major stock taking once the votes are counted.