I am not going to rebut the President. I am not concerned in this article with arguing one ideology versus another. What I am concerned with is the fact that revolutions make enemies of friends. We do not yet have brothers shooting at brothers, or fathers and sons engaged in mortal combat as in the Civil War, but the battle lines have been drawn in parlors, dining rooms, classrooms, conference rooms, even bedrooms, and almost every public and private place. The fuses are in place waiting for the matches to be lit. It seems that almost any spark could ignite a conflagration that we would all regret.
I am reminded of the musical Hair when I hear progressives complain about the heartlessness of conservatives. They seem to think that they have a monopoly on good intentions and we are left to wonder why they abandon us as when the character in Hair, Act I, Sheila, voices her distress in the song “Easy to be Hard...”
How can people be so cruel...
Who care about strangers,
Who care about evil,
And social injustice...
“Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd?
How about a needing friend?
I need a friend.”
Although I am not a Republican, I am tarred with the same brush - I belong to the party of "No" as though "No" is a bad thing. Well, I am grateful that someone in Washington is saying "No" to bigger, more intrusive government, and more spending. Curiously, I haven't seen the Republicans doing much of that in years past and wish they had.
Generally, I find that conservatives are willing to listen to progressives while the opposite is not true, although individuals from both sides are guilty of hyperbole and flights of fancy. Is it possible that one side is more confident in their opinions while the other is not?
I want my friends back, but they have dismissed me as the enemy. They expect me to listen to their points of view, but refuse to hear mine - indeed, many become uncontrollably enraged if I even whisper an opposing view. I'm sorry that we can't agree on this, but cannot see how this alone should end our relationship. Unfortunately, many have said that they do not care to keep me as a friend if I cannot agree with them, or at least, shut up.
Were they ever my friends?