I wondered if I might have an old postcard featuring any of the State Capitols and yes, I do..... this beautiful vintage image of the State of Washington's Capitol in Olympia (not to be confused with the National Capitol in Washington D.C.).
Results of the elections across the United States just seven days away will determine in part who makes the laws under the domes of fifty state capitol buildings. The governors and law makers there will staff their offices and the staff will dive into research on key and bogus issues. Legislators and staff will have untold numbers of meetings to discuss their findings and strategies on how to progress on or sit on given issues. Some will bury facts that voters should be made privy to; they will decide that we don't get to decide. Most will not bury facts but will share them through the filter of politics; they cannot help themselves.
The best of them will put personal biases aside, and, having hired a diverse enough staff to assure they are receiving broad information in order to be fully and deeply briefed, and having asked hard questions and sought opinions from constituents and experts alike, will seek out the best of them on the "other" side of the aisle -- and that minority of combined thinkers, compromisers, risk-takers, and truth-tellers will outshine all the others bustling and hustling under the state capitol dome.
Take the microcosm of the functioning of a single state capitol, multiply and multiply and multiply that and you have the governmental maze of the Capitol in Washington D.C. It is heady stuff.....all spinning in action and mired in inaction, and informing the early 21st Century. Do not be so overwhelmed or so disappointed or so apathetic that you would forfeit your right to vote. Cast your vote. And please help re-elect and elect the best of them.