Monday, November 21, 2005

Common Ground

I’m pretty liberal. You guys have figured that out, right? But I work with two conservative guys. Guys I happen to like a lot and feel lucky to work with. We don’t always agree on solutions to the issues. But we try to find some common ground. And it’s amazing how much we really agree over all:

Honesty - I don’t care what political party you belong to, you want your guys to be honest. For instance, I’m interested in finding out who in Congress accepted money from Abramoff to do favors for his clients. There are a lot of Republicans who seem to be involved like DeLay, Ney and Hastert. But, Harry Reid is on his list, too. I was very proud of Harry the other day, but if he was getting money from Abramoff, I want him to face the music just like everyone else. We need to stop looking the other way when it’s one of our guys. We all have to demand transparency and accountability. Oh and if you said something and it's on video or audio tape, don't lie and say you never said it. You just look like an idiot.

No strings attached – Get rid of the special interests. Stop giving breaks to big business. The Trickle Down Theory ain’t working if most CEOs make 512 times more than what the average worker makes.

No one wants an endless war in Iraq - The Democrats believe there was a hidden agenda. That the intelligence was fixed around a pre-conceived desire to invade Iraq. The Dems did not have access to all the intelligence reports the White House did. And how good was the quality of that intelligence when it’s coming from a guy named "Curveball" that German Intelligence thought was an idiot with emotional problems!!! C’mon, wasn't the name Curveball a dead give-away as to the veracity of his information?

The Republicans say the Democrats don’t have a clear solution beyond just pulling out. But not having a clear victory isn’t a solution either. I would love to lock Kerry, Murtha, McCain and Hagel together in a room and make them come to some consensus.

Think beyond your party – Stop the profiling. Dump terms like liberal & coservative. Run on a platform of ideas instead of ideology. I’m tired of knee-jerk reactions. Of one party thinking they know better than the other. I want the smartest people on the planet as my senator, congressman and President. I want people who put the good of the country first. Not their party or their religion.

Stop the spin, I want to get off - How about a no spin zone that doesn’t try to spin it the other way? I don’t want anyone’s version of the truth. I just want the truth. And stop the endless shows of punditry.(Talk about watching paint dry) Put an end to PR posing as government. I never want to see another photo-op as long as I live. Back before radio, TV and the Internet, there were no sound bites. Politicians had to travel from town to town without a teleprompter and talk to large crowds of people. And those people weren’t screened by security to make sure they supported that candidate.

Anger Management - I’m Sicilian. I have a temper. I hate arrogance, lies and abuse. We have to be able to vent - but people ultimately want solutions to poverty, global warming, unemployment, etc. People want Congress to work together to get stuff done. The backbiting and dirty tricks have got to stop. The end doesn’t justify the means.

Keep an Open Mind
– I’m just going to quote Shakespeare here,
"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
No one person, political party or religion has all the answers. The thing we should remember is
"First, do no harm.”


Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Common ground is important, gives us something to stand on when we're ripping each others hearts out...

3:56 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Excellent post, Boni. This goes along with the tolerance thing I was talking about last week.

6:24 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Thanks PC. And Daniel, in some ways you're right.
The two parties are never going to agree 100%. But the more we can find common ground, the higher standards we demand from our individual parties, the less disfunctional we'll be overall.

6:52 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Finding common ground doen't mean that we accpet the other person's politics. As I said in a previous post, tolerating someone for the length of time it takes to work together for the common good, or work together in an office doesn't imply acceptance of their point of view. It means that we recognize that we are together in some kind of a community and must work together.

I still think that we should abolish political parties. It takes the focus away from the actual issues. Also, it makes it difficult for, let's say a pro-choice Republican to find a candidate they can get behind.

6:55 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Abolish political parties? You'll be lucky. We like forming gangs of like-minded people, it's natural...

Get behind my team or get behind your own...

7:29 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

You'll never fully eliminate the people who want to be sheep. Who feel like their beliefs don't count unless they find a mob who believes exactly like they do. I've marched in peace marches and there is comfort in knowing that everyone around you feels like you do. But we can be a society that encourages people to think for themselves and be intolerant of unfairness.

8:19 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Shawn said...

I like this post.

"I still think that we should abolish political parties."

We have the right to peaceably assemble, but don't parties actually receive funds from the feds? If so, that is totally wrong.

11:15 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

I had a party last week, and no Feds came and gave me money. Beer, yes. Money, no.

Oops. Sorry, that was FRED.

Great post, boni. Thanks for the brilliant clarity.


1:52 PM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger steff81 said...

I'd like to think that in the interest of common ground we can all agree to be thankful to live in a country that allows us the freedom to voice opinions...even if they are different from those around us.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

9:55 PM, November 23, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Steff: Greatest country in the world. Happy holidays to you and yours.

12:36 AM, November 24, 2005  

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