A few years ago, I was reading about the 2016 presidential election in The Lad and I had an epiphany: The world around us is not as it should be.
What I was seeing was an echo chamber of a country that has lost a great deal of its identity, and I couldn’t help but think of the same problems that we are facing today.
This is the world that we live in.
The world we live through, we have to live with.
We cannot sit by and watch our country disintegrate.
And as a result, our politics has become polarized and divided.
What happened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as it relates to our politics, was really a reflection of our politics.
What was at stake in the election was a choice between two very different visions of America: one that was about the economy, and the other that was concerned about the safety of our nation.
The people who voted for Donald Trump, in the end, came down on the side of the latter.
The choice that the country faced then, as we now face it, is a choice to either accept the reality of our current world, or to change it.
That choice is between hope and fear.
And for me, I believe that the choice that we face today is about hope.
Read moreAt a time when America is facing a serious and immediate threat from a number of countries, a number that includes terrorist organizations and other violent organizations, and with the emergence of new and unpredictable threats that we do not yet know how to address, there are a number different approaches that are being considered.
But at a certain point, it becomes clear that our country is not going to survive on a sustainable path of the sort of economic growth and prosperity that it has always been accustomed to.
And that is why we must choose the path that is least destructive to the country and to our economy.
This has become a question of whether we can choose hope or the path of fear.
For example, we’ve seen the rise of populist nationalism.
The populist nationalism that we have seen in the United States has now spread across Europe, and in countries around the world, as well.
That is not a result of a lack of economic opportunity, but rather a result that has come about due to a lack, as I said, of economic leadership.
I am concerned about how we will address the rising nationalism that is a result from the economic decline of the United State.
I also believe that our politicians have not yet grasped that we should not be concerned about our future and that our current situation is the natural result of economic decline.
We are living through the Great Recession and we are living with the fallout of that.
There are economic problems that are now being brought to our country and we should be concerned that the current economic environment that we currently have is unsustainable.
We should be taking action to address the challenges that are facing our country.
The most immediate and pressing problem that we will face in the next few years is the opioid crisis.
It is now a major threat to our health and it is a serious problem that has become more pronounced with the rise in opioid-related deaths.
This crisis has led to a rise in overdoses.
That has led directly to the opioid epidemic.
The problem of opioid-induced addiction is now being compounded by the lack of enforcement that we see in our nation’s drug laws.
The opioid epidemic is also the result of the lack and unwillingness of the federal government to act on its responsibility to control the drug trade.
We need to make sure that our laws are enforced.
We also need to ensure that we invest in treatment and prevention, and we need to invest in prevention in a way that is compassionate, that is effective and that is sustainable.
The next time a tragedy like this occurs, we will not be able to ignore the fact that we must respond in a thoughtful and compassionate way.
That will require a change in our national political culture.
The question is: Will we be able, or will we not be?
That is the question that the next election will be about.
I think that the future of our country will depend on the people who take the responsibility of taking the country back to a place that we can all be proud of, that we all can be proud to call home.
That means restoring trust, restoring trust with our leaders, restoring confidence in our democracy, and restoring the respect that our elected officials deserve.
This is what the people of this country elected Donald Trump president.
This election will determine whether or not the next president is able to do that.
I want to thank Tom Ford for sharing his insights on The Lad.