Frank Bruni soars in his admiration of Barack Obama. One example, he writes: “At Howard, Obama insisted that change “requires listening to those with whom you disagree, and being prepared to compromise.”
“If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral purity, but you’re not going to get what you want,” he continued. “So don’t try to shut folks out. Don’t try to shut them down, no matter how much you might disagree with them.” ”
“Mr. Bruni is exactly right. All politicians have their faults, but few have the insight to pinpoint the dilemma that our nation currently faces with the poisoned rhetoric over thoughtful debate as Mr. Obama has because he’s been through his own trial by fire with a opposition Congress that was motivated by some members that have no reservations about stoking hate, not only for the democratic process and government itself, but for Mr. Obama personally.
There may have been uglier episodes in the history of the Republic, but not
in my lifetime have I seen a Congress so determined to sabotage a president
at the expense of the nation itself.
It’s a sign of how our technology has enabled people to nurture rage over
solutions by creating an infinite feedback loop of their own opinions without
having to listen and understand others. This internet age seems to have
banished the ability to seek common ground at the expense of the common
good. A current battle cry ‘I want my country back’ ignores the fact that
America belongs to every American but no one in particular, the nation
as it is will always be ‘our country’ rather than ‘my country’ alone.
I doubt that we’d have the country we claim as America if the founders
simply blogged their discontent rather than seeking solutions for
their disagreements.” ”