What is most frustrating about talking politics is there is a line drawn in the sand that everyone knows not to cross or their point of view has failed. The reality of it is the two sides often come to the same conclusions for different reasons and at different times.
The greatest example of this is government powers. Remember when conservatives were up in arms about the use of executive action by President Obama? And the filibuster-proof(ish) congress? Of course if you’re liberal leaning this was no problem at all. Maybe you didn’t mind the funding of private companies, the overhaul of healthcare, the increase in regulation, the invasion of privacy via NSA spying. To you maybe that was the perfect government. There’s nothing wrong with liking the government that has been elected, but be weary of the power exclusively coming from one end of the spectrum.
And here, we, go. 2016, President-elect Trump with his radical plans for wall-building and Muslim banning and a continuing Republican majority in the House and Senate. At least in the Legislative Branch there will be minimal resistance to his policies, so long as they’re constitutional. Then again, what is constitutional? He will appoint at least one Supreme Court Justice – and with three that will be over 80 by the end of his first term possibly a total of four – people will want a more even hand on the tiller.
So now I assume people on the Democratic side of the aisle may want to jump aboard the limited government train. Everyone should already be on this train to begin with, and I’m certainly not sad to have an extra cart added to the track; but what if everyone had heeded the warnings from small-government backers a long time ago instead of waiting for what they thought they contained turned on them.
The issue is not disagreement, but why we come to the conclusion. If you look at the arguments against Democrat-controlled actions, they can all in some way be linked to Republicans as well. It shouldn’t take a red-hot poker by the name of Trump to make these connections. Look at the issue at hand and ask yourself if you’d like the same done to you. The golden rule right, simple enough. Conservatives don’t want the government funding Planned Parenthood any more than liberals want government funding of Lockheed Martin.
The point of all this is simple, next time you’re in a conversation of a political nature, take the time to understand the other side. Focus in on the issue, and find some common ground to build from rather than just try to burn the other side down; because who knows, maybe you’ll end up wanting the same thing, if for different reasons.