I have dear friends from all over the political spectrum. One of the things that saddens me about political rancor is comments along the lines of “They” want things that are very different than “We” do, and that the differences are so vast “We” can’t work with “Them”.
It puzzles me is that such comments –and often downright insults–that are aimed toward the other side are coming from people who have friends and loved ones ON the other side.
And are people on both extremes of the political divide really so different? Don’t we ALL want to be loved, respected, appreciated, and to feel useful? Don’t we all want good health and safety for our loved ones and ourselves? A way to stay out of the rain at night? Something to eat? Don’t we all want to be happy?
To me, it is about perspective, attitude, developing trust, and building bridges. I believe politicians will begin to do those things as soon as the rewards for doing them outweigh the rewards for the behaviors that they are currently doing.
I trust that the public will wake up and begin rewarding much greater cooperation and teamwork among the parties while there is still time. I believe that It is not too late to change the incentives.