During the first Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was asked, “Which enemy that you made during your political career are you most proud of?”
She replied, “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, and the Iranians, probably the Republicans.”
And there’s one of America’s biggest problems.
I don’t mean to dump exclusively on Ms. Clinton or the Democrats. I could easily find prominent Republicans who are equally proud of calling Democrats “the enemy.” But this perverse view of politics as a war between enemies, rather than a process of compromise among people of differing philosophies is exactly what has our nation in such a depressing state right now.
In a speech following the debate, Democratic Senator Jim Webb said, “The other party is not the enemy; they are the opposition. In our democracy we are lucky to have an opposition, to have honest debate.” And I couldn’t agree more.
The demonizing of the “other party” -- solely because they are the other party -- has to stop. It’s the reason our governing process has virtually ground to a halt and why the inmates seem to have taken over the asylum.
You can only fight to the death with enemies. But that’s not governing. America’s politicians of all stripes need to drop the war rhetoric and instead concentrate on working together to find solutions to our problems that we can all live with.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.