With all of the hateful rhetoric and vitriol that surrounds politics in our country, it’s nice to have a reminder that at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team.
Two candidates running on opposing sides for a state House seat in Vermont have struck a chord with voters all over, not just because of their passion for helping people through politics, but because they’re also committed to getting along. Lucy Rogers is a Democrat; her opponent, Zac Mayo, is a Republican.
Both Lucy and Zac have thrown themselves into campaigning, knocking on every door in the towns of Cambridge and Waterville to spread their messages. On October 10, the two met for a spirited debate in Cambridge’s Varnum library, speaking civilly about the issues facing their community in front of a packed audience.
Yet it wasn’t the issues that took center stage at the end of the debate; it was the candidates themselves. No one, including the debate’s moderator, knew what Zac and Lucy had planned for their constituents after the debate. The two had worked quietly together behind the scenes, so when they started moving furniture around no one knew quite what to expect.
Lucy then produced a cello and Zac brought out his guitar, and the two sat down to sing an incredibly poignant and bittersweet duet of Eddie Vedder’s song, “Society.”
The song is beautiful on its own. You may remember it from the soundtrack to “Into The Wild,” and its lyrics speak of the need for unity and respect for one another in our society.
When you want more than you have
You think you need
And when you think more than you want
Your thoughts begin to bleed
I think I need to find a bigger place
‘Cause when you have more than you think
You need more space
Society, you’re a crazy breed
I hope you’re not lonely without me
Voters were left speechless by the duet, some even wiping away tears as they watched these two young people achieve more in five minutes together than some seasoned politicos do in their lifetimes.
“The rest of the world has got an awful lot to learn from Cambridge and Waterville,” said event organizer April Tuck. “Bravo to both of you.”
Everyone in the crowded library was awestruck by the lovely and unexpected duet between two candidates, yet the point they were trying to make was clear as day. Lucy and Zac are both asking everyone to put aside their differences in opinion and recognize that we’re all doing what we think is right. As long as our intentions are pure and we make an effort to care for others, there’s no reason we can’t all be friends.
Watch their lovely rendition of “Society” in the video below, and be sure to share this important message of unity and support far and wide. We could all use a little more harmony in politics!
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