Many ultra left wing liberal Democrat friends post things on Facebook that basically say all Republicans are wrong, everything a Republican says is stupid, immoral and will lead to the demise of our great country.
Many ultra right wing Republican friends post things on Facebook that basically
say all Democrats are wrong, everything a Democrat says is stupid, unpatriotic
and will lead to the demise of our country.
Stop it. Just stop it!
Every Democrat is not exactly like every other Democrat. Every Republican is
not like every other Republican. There are stupid, immoral and unpatriotic
Democrats AND Republicans. There are smart, moral and
compassionate Democrats AND Republicans. Most people of either party believe in
some of the principles usually associated with the other party. Not every
American is a registered member of either; there are libertarians and there are
We are individuals!
I urge my ultra friends on either side to think about something I consider to
be logic-based truth: if there was only one way to believe, only one way to
act, only one solution to every problem, we'd all believe, act or solve that
way. Truth, and our own American form of democracy, is based on a melting of
contradictory ideas, beliefs and solutions to problems.
It annoys the hell out of me when people blame things on everyone of a certain
party. One specific Democrat Facebook friend is constantly blaming all
Republicans for things he thinks are wrong, essentially insulting a lot of my
Republican friends (including my very closest friend in life). One specific
Republican Facebook friend is frequently blaming all Democrats for things she
thinks are wrong, essentially insulting a lot of my Democrat friends (and me,
the boyfriend of her aunt).
In fact, that last one posted a comment essentially blaming all Democrats for
the violent Inauguration Day protests that led to broken windows and a
firebombed limousine. What, you think a Republican has never broken a window or
torched a car? I'm certain those protesters were stupid, misguided thugs
and they certainly DO NOT REPRESENT ME OR MOST DEMOCRATS. And in keeping with
the conspiratorial tone of our new president, those protesters could have been
paid Republican Trump supporters. They probably were NOT, but this is the kind
of thinking I'm talking about.
I've been a registered Democrat since 1975 but I am not an extreme, left wing
liberal. Don't assume that about me and don't assume I never vote for
Republicans. Don't assume I blame all Republicans for anything. Don't assume I
always agree with everything every Democrat says or does.
I do blame the Republican majority in Congress for many negative things.
A few years ago I blamed the Democratic majority in Congress. Under the
arrogant leadership of Nancy Pelosi, they blew a great opportunity to enact
meaningful legislation, in part by ignoring the concept of bipartisan
compromise. The current Republican leadership didn't learn this lesson and
their arrogant refusal to listen to opposing views will guarantee continued,
frustrating gridlock. They will wake up one day two years from now and realize
they lost their majority.
Meanwhile Democratic and Republican politicians alike are paying more attention
to their party than they are to their constituents: we the people.
And we are individuals!
The all or nothing approach to anything is a bad idea, in my opinion, because
it closes the door to ideas that can eventually solve problems. The best
solution is often a compromise of ideas. The whole is greater than the sum of
Some final thoughts to this rambling post:
A Republican administration (Lincoln) ended slavery, created the Interstate
Highway system (Eisenhower), ended the Vietnam War (Nixon) and created the
Environmental Protection Agency (Nixon again, wow).
A Democratic administration ended World War II (Truman), enacted meaningful
civil rights legislation (Johnson), created Medicare (Johnson again), balanced
the federal budget (Clinton), ended two wars (Obama) and ended a financial
crisis (Obama again).
All of the above happened as a result of spirited debate and a compromise of
often conflicting ideas and opinions.
You know I hate our new president and believe he is a dangerous con artist.
However, he is our president. And buried somewhere in his insulting (my
opinion), misguided (again, my opinion) inaugural address are some positive
promises about infrastructure and jobs. Presidential arrogance and
congressional arrogance will not be enough to make those things happen.
Compromise and respect of opposing ideas will be the approach that could lead
to positive results.
Will that happen? Time will tell.
Can Democrats and Republicans with opposing views get along? Ask my