Predictably made me cry in less than a minute in. Anger is not enough for me. I have to believe that we can do better and I have to want that enough to believe we can have it. So I cry in my grief and hope and love.
I read an article in The New York Times about 500+ people who gathered to discuss politics over a year ago. Before. Before covid and distancing and . . .
“Carole McGowan, a 74-year-old Democrat from Albuquerque, worries that Americans now seldom work together across different viewpoints, or prize a range of viewpoints at all.”
I hear you, Carole, and I have been hearing people ask for a multi-party system for several years. A multi-party system requires compromise and building alliances across parties, which we do not do in our country. Since before Mitch McConnell declared more than a decade ago that he would ensure NOTHING Obama wanted would get past him, most Republicans have refused to collaborate, compromise, or even discuss how to reach common ground. That so-called “Do-Nothing” Congress is now all on him. The Republican party has lost its soul.
By contrast, consider what the Democratic candidates managed to do in working through health care and global climate change and a dozen other issues, what Biden did in choosing Harris, what all those men and women did after arguing and talking talking talking and finally endorsing a man they trust. No one gets everything they want, but every single candidate got an American they could all stand behind.
Too many people have lost track of what conservatives used to be like, when even Republicans didn’t think people should die because they were too poor to afford a doctor, and Ted Kennedy fought for a national health care plan his entire public life, when we did not think that wealth and good fortune and good health and a family who could afford to support us meant we deserved every good thing while others got nothing but scorn. The time when we thought the right to life meant something beyond insisting the baby be born, but also that he got to eat and attend good schools and live in decent housing.
Gary found a poster that begins: “The America I believe in” and then leaves a blank for people to fill in.
The America I believe in is better than this.