What They Say/What I Hear

What they say:

I can reach across the aisle.

What I hear:

I have no conviction.

What they say:

I have a history of working with both sides.

What I hear:

I have little to no integrity.

What they say:

I will reach across the aisle.

What I hear:

My moral compass got too close to a magnet.

Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned notion of researching, pondering, puzzling out what you think is best, and then fighting for that?  Not fighting in a angry way, not a pistols-at-eight-o’clock-in-the-Bois-de-Vincennes kind of way, but fighting nonetheless. 

Conviction has been replaced with pandering, and the moral compass no longer exists as much of our society has decided that True North is relative.

Election years always make me weep.  Figuratively.  I have neither the time nor the luxury to let them crush me literally.

And George . . .

2 thoughts on “What They Say/What I Hear

  1. Hmmm. That’s interesting.

    You know I hate talking politics…so I will only tread here briefly.

    I don’t think a willingness to work with the other side is a sign of weakness. I do not think either party “owns” moral/ethical “rightness”. I think there are good people on both sides of the aisle, and that good people, regardless of party affiliation, should be working together to do good work.

    I think there is too much partisan bickering and too much name calling and too much “I’m right and you’re wrong and I refuse to see what you are saying because your tie isn’t the same color as mine.”

    I think that the current administration is the most divisive administration I have any personal knowledge of, and I want them to go away. I am trying to be hopeful that the next 8 years will be better than the last, regardless of who wins.

    I do not think being willing to compromise and look for common ground is weak. But I don’t know that anyone in Washington means it when they say these things.

    Just my two cents.


  2. Christina

    I totally see what G is saying and I hate the bickering as much as anyone… that said, I agree with you that the whole “reaching across the aisle” line smacks of someone who puts compromise above convinctions. Maybe not always – I mean some issues clearly are non-partisan in nature. But too often. Personally I’ve been disappointed in the way that Bush will partner with Ted Kennedy and his ilk to get something – anything – passed, even when it means watering down a bill so much it no longer does what it was intended to do.


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