A rogue wave is an unusually large, unexpected, and spontaneous surface wave that can be catastrophic to even the largest of ships. Our country is the ship, and we haven’t sunk yet, but the rogue waves of troubling events aren’t over. The year 2020 has already been unpredictable and unprecedented. No one can deny we are in stormy waters, on a listing, pitching, and rolling ship. All patriots want to see the ship righted, so we can chart a new course to better days.
Unity2020 is not a “lifeboat” option, because we don’t intend to abandon ship. Rather we aim to draft a captain and first mate, whose interests are aligned with the crew. We are drafting leadership who can navigate us beyond these dangerous waters. We need your help to do it. Help us elect a President and Vice President who will see us through this, because, in our current position, we are too exposed to keeling over.
We often hear things like “Life will settle down after the election and return to normal” or “Unity2020 will have to wait and become Unity2024.” We really want to believe this, because returning to “normal” sounds good. It’s reassuring. But the evidence is showing otherwise. Too many unheralded events have already happened this year, and their underlying causes are exposing the vulnerabilities in our system. In the aftermath of Covid-19, these vulnerabilities—many of which have been decades in the making—are cracking wide open.
We’ve seen these systemic problems building for years. Jobs leave our country for cheaper labor overseas, yet our GDP has continued to rise as average income has remained stagnant. Market collapses disproportionately affect those who don’t qualify for ‘bailouts,’ showing how opportunity itself has been hoarded by the few. Financial growth has increasingly been decoupled from economic growth.
Marxist and Deconstructivist ideologies have seeped into our school curricula, leading to indoctrination rather than education. Media organizations have picked ideological sides as they’ve tried to maintain revenue streams while their audience has been lost to online content. Social media organizations optimize their algorithms for ‘time on platform,’ making their users the product.
The left/right rhetoric has been amplified to divide Americans so that power and influence for the few can be maintained at the expense of our republic. Foreign actors are doing to their best to amplify the divisiveness. All of these factors have set the dominos in position.
Covid-19, and all it has brought with it, is the catalyzing force that has started to knock the dominos down. Death, sickness, forced lockdowns, job losses, isolation, and distrust of long-standing institutions have added to the above systemic problems. This is what we’re experiencing now.
We know more rogue waves are coming, but from which direction, or to what heights the wave-tops will reach, we can’t be sure. This has been the year of unforeseen waves, and while no one wants to see more come to pass, they are foreshadowed on the horizon.
What will happen if the jury sitting for an officer-involved shooting case returns a verdict that doesn’t satisfy the enraged masses? What if a presidential candidate contracts Covid-19? Is it possible that Covid-19 could undo trade tariffs in an already strained relationship with China? Could the United States face another round of lockdowns, as autumn moves us indoors? How long can the already unemployed hold on, with eviction moratoriums set to expire soon?
Will presidential debates bring reasoned discourse and unity to the nation, or will they be sideshows of rancor that ignore the real issues? Do we think the election will be hotly, yet peacefully, contested—or descend into violent chaos?
Will riots in our cities find a way to provoke a violent federal response? Will police departments get the funding they need to properly train their officers to enforce the law with minimal use of force? Will our nation’s detractors attempt to take advantage of our in-fighting, or will they respect our internal differences and give us space?
The probability that any single event will become the rogue wave that capsizes the ship is fairly low. The probability that at least one of these events—or similar events—happens, is remarkably high. We must recognize this unique moment in our history, and decisively act to elect leadership to restore stability.
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
We need YOU to right the ship.
Sincerely, and In Service,
The Unity2020 Team