....said the Republicans and the Democrats. "So just do exactly what I say and everything will be fine."
We Americans are pretty much evenly split between our preference for liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. You'd think our politicians would sit down, haggle some, bang on the table some and swear, then eventually agree to split the difference. "I'll give some here if you'll give some there." That's how you get things done. Doesn't that seem reasonable?
But Nooooooo! The ultra-conservative (Tea Party) Republicans and the ultra-liberal wing of the Democratic party (do they have a catchy name?) won't give an inch. "My way or the highway" they say. If I were to sum up the Republicans with one word or phrase it would be "tax cuts". They resent spending a penny of their upper-class money on anything the Democrats might want. And the one word that sums up the Democrats would be "gimme". They want all kinds of benefits, and want the Republicans to pay for it. Dream on! Those two extremes are like oil and water....they're never going to mix.
This leads to pissed off, violent followers who take their guns to baseball fields and try to kill Republicans. It might just as easily be disgruntled hotheads who tried to kill Democrats at fill in the place__.
Listen up you knuckleheads....work it out! Democrats: $15 an hour for unskilled labor can't be justified. If you want to make $15-$20 an hour you need a skill. Republicans: Agree to fund apprenticeships and trade schools so the unskilled can learn and work and pay taxes.
Republicans: Lack of healthcare is killing people, mainly poor people whose employers seldom offer benefits. Your proposed healthcare replacement plan is, to use Prez Trump's word, "mean". Show a little heart. You want to round up all the "undocumented workers" and send them somewhere, anywhere else but here. But we need their labor! Find a way to bring them into the system where they can raise their kids without fear, work, and pay taxes. Democrats: Work together to devise a plan that guarantees "registration" will NOT be the first step to deportation as so many fear. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Democrats: More gun control laws won't work any better than the old gun control laws. Face facts. Republicans: Grow some balls....quit cowering to the NRA. You can work with Democrats to get help for the mentally ill who are too often the ones who get hold of guns and go on killing sprees. Spending some money on mental health care now will pay dividends later. And both of you should surely be able to agree to get guns out of the hands of known felons who are prohibited from having them in the first place. Our laws have no teeth! Fix it.
See, it isn't that hard. Compromise. Neither will get everything they want, but no one will feel like they were kicked to the curb, either. Politicians got us into this mess, and they can get us out of it, too. Let's try pragmatism for a change, because God knows extreme ideologies have done us more harm than good.