Politics has always been a clash of ideas and a competition of personalities. The struggles that emanate from such rivalries can be healthy, creative, constructive … or destructive.
When is the last time you saw a beneficial debate of philosophies, witnessed two opponents give and take to achieve a great end?
Do you agree we need both sides (which is silly in itself; there are much more than two sides) to work together to address problems in this country?
A Corpus Christi Caller-Times editorial last week nailed it in “To make America greater, we’ll need each other.”
I encourage you to read the entire piece.
The editorial board places blame on the latest presidential campaign for dividing us further but then puts the onus on “we as a people” to fix the situation, beginning with not treating each other as enemies.
The article isolated on a campaign event where U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, was asked to renounce Will Hurd, a Republican congressman representing San Antonio, where this rally was being held.
Undoubtedly, the issue only came up because O’Rourke and Hurd made headlines last spring when, following a canceled flight, they decided to carpool to Washington, D.C., a trip they chronicled online, illustrating that political competitors can, at least, get along.
O’Rourke refused his supporter’s demand, calling Hurd a good friend and legislative partner, even though they belong to different parties and hold numerous different beliefs.
But what O’Rourke and Hurd may find in common is nothing, a drop in the bucket, compared to what their constituents agree about.
When they get to know each other, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, independents, socialists, communists, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, atheists, agnostics, Hindus, Buddhists, European Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, natural citizens, immigrants, dreamers, blue-collar workers, white-collar workers, unemployed, retirees, straights, gays, lesbians, males, females, transgenders … and so on … find they share a lot.
Yes, we are just that different, but we get along rather well when we know one another.
We desperately need to elevate that inclusiveness and cooperative nature into politics.