This is depressing.
I’m going to reiterate a point that I’ve had to make over
and over again for the past couple of years, and it’s a lesson I had to learn
The 2016 election season caused me to really examine my own
views, regarding the two political sides of the aisle, particularly, my partisan
Recognizing the hypocrisy of both parties, as each strives
to hold the keys to the kingdom can be a process. Some of those traditional,
partisan beliefs can be hard to let go of, especially in this age of social media,
meme-speak, and an abundance of fake news.
It’s tribalism, at its most raw. The prevailing attitude is “You’re either with us, or against us.”
That’s on both sides. There will be no dissent, nor will
there be any fraternizing with the perceived “enemies,” lest you be seen as a
pariah among your own tribal faction.
I’ll ask you this: If you consider yourself a conservative,
do you have liberal friends? If you consider yourself a liberal, do you have
Why, or why not?
I can say that long before this point in our history, I’ve
had a strong blend of liberal, conservative, and indifferent pals. I never let
one’s politics define my view of anyone as friendship material.
With that in mind, let’s talk about Democratic presidential
nominee, the former Vice President Joe Biden.
While I wholly disagree with the man’s politics, he seems
like an affable guy.
Ok, maybe a little too touchy-feely, but not a monster.
Biden-as-presidential-candidate is feeling the heat of his past
By “past sins,” I mean his willingness to admit the other
side is not made up of bogeymen.
Apparently, a video from 2015 is causing Democrat voters to
lash out in writhing, spitting, outrage.
What could he have said or done to warrant such a visceral
He called former VP Dick Cheney a “decent man.”
Mr. Biden’s comments came during a discussion with Walter Mondale, who was vice president under Jimmy Carter. Asked about receiving guidance from his predecessor, Mr. Biden told the crowd “I actually like Dick Cheney, for real. I get on with him. think he’s a decent man.”
Mr. Biden went on to describe how Mr. Cheney and his wife had welcomed them into the Vice Presidential residence and explained to the then-incoming VP how he’d chosen to operate under former president George W Bush. Mr. Biden acknowledged that “Cheney had a very different idea about how it [the vice presidency] functioned internally, but he was extremely helpful” to him regarding internal protocol.
So, to get the layout, here, VP Cheney was gracious and
helpful to Biden, as he was entering his role as vice president, offering what
he thought might be helpful tips about the position, based on his experience through
several terms, and Biden was at least appreciative of the gesture.
Note to Democrats: This is not something to be outraged
over. It’s decent, civil, normal behavior between reasonable people.
By contrast, when the Clintons transitioned out of the White
House to make way for the incoming George W. Bush administration, they were greeted
with theft of White House property (read: property belonging to the people of
the United States), vandalism, and hateful pranks.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) found over $15,000 in
damages, including drawers glued shut, computer keyboard keys stolen (those W’s
we’ve heard about), and broken mirrors.
Then there were obscene messages left on phone voicemails,
nasty notes and offensive images posted throughout the White House, and
assorted acts of sheer hatefulness.
If you want to be outraged by something, be outraged by
Among the vitriol being spewed at Biden from the social
media seether pit:
“Without any exaggeration, Dick Cheney is one of the most evil men to set foot in this world, a man behind whom a trail of war crimes follow, and Biden think he’s a ‘decent man,'” wrote Sana Saeed in a popular tweet quoting the video. “Is this your man, Democrats?”
Sana needs to switch to decaf.
Currently, there are over 20 Democratic candidates hoping to
win the party nomination in 2020. That bests the 17-count debacle of the
Republican primaries before the 2016 election that left us with Donald Trump.
They will have the option of delivering a message of spite,
enmity, and division, or one of national unity and healing.
Whoever is left standing when the dust clears, as well as
what message they chose as a foundation of their run will say a lot about the
direction of the Democrat Party.
I don’t see me voting for any Democrat because the party is
too entrenched in policies I find repugnant to my conservative worldview.
That being said, I recognize the need for civility and
forbearance that is not based on political affiliation, but rather, our own
Will there be a time when we can return to that, or are we
doomed by our partisan impulses?
I don’t really know, but I can hope. It all relies heavily
on people putting aside their own biases and accepting people for their
qualities, not their politics.
I have to believe it’s not too late for us.