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End Bitter Partisanship NOW

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The bitter partisanship that we see in Congressional proceedings is crippling. It is totally hindering any chance for progress. And for the sake of the Country, it really needs to STOP now. I’m addressing those on both sides of the the political aisle, those in the middle, and those in and even beyond all the extreme wings of both sides. This spirit of factionalism has got to end. There is no need to describe what I’m talking about because we all know it well: we’ve all seen it, and we’ve all felt it in our own lives, and I dare say that most of us are probably even guilty of engaging in it ourselves.

This is a much larger problem than simply an issue which effects proceedings in Congress. It has developed into a culture effecting our daily lives and has filtered down even to the level of our interpersonal relationships. And it is virulent. This partisan spirit has migrated from behind the walls of Congress out into the general population. Friend against friend, even. I can’t remember any other time in my life when our views on political issues have been so totally polarizing in our daily relationships with others. We’ve got to find a way out of this culture or our Society is doomed.

But how do we get beyond this? I’m not a member of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, and I don’t intend joining it, however I acknowledge that it is based on a valid premise: the day after the 9/11 attacks, there really was no “Democrat vs. Republican,” but we were suddenly ALL Americans immediately brought together by that horrific common experience which we could not understand and had a difficult time comprehending. But the bottom line is that we WERE indeed brought together. Political ideology didn’t matter much to those brave souls in New York who were frantically sifting through the rubble looking for survivors. They, and the Country as a whole, suddenly had a more pressing agenda than to be concerned with petty political ideology.

I can’t say what has brought us to this current political/social impasse, and actually what brought us here is not the important point. The critically important point is that to get beyond this, we’ve got to start respecting each other again. We’ve got to allow others to believe differently (from us) without repudiating them for it. We’ve got to be genuinely civil to each other, even when we disagree on issues we consider to be critical.

So I say, be civil to others, and MEAN it. Respect others with whom you disagree, even when your experience tells you that the respect you extend won’t necessarily be reciprocated. And hope beyond hope that your acts of civility will filter back out to others, even all the way back to the halls of Congress.

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Written by jb

August 24, 2009 at 11:49 am

Posted in Political thought

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  1. I’m glad you’re doing this, jb. I’ll be lurking and reading!

    Michael

    August 24, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    • Hey Michael. Great to see you. But don’t just lurk… jump in and offer anything constructive. Your comments are welcomed here any time, even if you might think I’m somewhat of a loon. 🙂

      jb

      August 24, 2009 at 7:32 pm


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