The government reopened this week. President Obama extended something not akin to an olive branch when he said, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election,” Obama said. “Push to change it”. His side insists that since he won, and his side also control the Senate proves that. The other side points out their control of the House. And of course then it devolves into hollers of “jackets on or jackets off, and scrappy fights; south Boston style”.
Heaven knows that both cantankerous sides are less than eager to be conciliatory. This does not bode well. They reached a temporary agreement. We will see how it goes. I hope that they evolve and progress.
Of course, the current president , and the current group of politicians are not the first to speak this way. it is often said “to the victor goes the spoils”. There are too many versions of “ha ha I /we won and you lost, get over yourself” to list here. All versions of this remind me of my days of volunteering on the playground during lunch time at my son’s school. The disagreements would devolve into versions of finger pointing and “nanny nanny boo boo”. Heaven knows the internet has been full of this tearing apart for a long time.
But now I believe we should ask ourselves: who among us, and who among them, will roll up their sleeves and work together? I will write more about this. You know me, I do not run out of things to say.