Recently a new reader began following this blog, Lisa Jensen, blogging as The Snarky Activist. Almost all of my readers lean toward the liberal-left, as do I, and none of us have a love of anything even remotely attributable to Donald Trump. Lisa is different, in that she supports Trump and defends his policies. For the past year, I have been hoping that somebody from the conservative-right, a Trump supporter, would join our conversations so that we could begin to understand, and perhaps be understood as well. The few that did, were quickly shown the door because they could not seem to speak to us respectfully, but instead simply wanted to engage in name-calling and putting down our views without even listening. I have no use for such and will not tolerate it. But Lisa is different. Her comments over the past several days have been well thought-out and respectful, and she has answered my questions regarding her views, and asked me questions as well. This, folks, is how civil discourse works. Lisa and I even found common ground … we both love wolves, and I suspect most other critters!
In a comment yesterday, Lisa gave us all a challenge:
“I’ll leave you with this: Dems and Repubs won’t agree on everything but there has to be some give. I’d challenge you and your followers to find just ONE thing you can agree on that Trump has done for the betterment of America or the World. That of course means you have to accept he is instrumental in the good things that have happened. Be well today!”
Now, I gave this some thought and I would like us to try to rise to the challenge. For most of my regular readers, as well as for myself, this will not be easy. I strongly disapprove of nearly everything Donald Trump has done in his 15 months in office, and I can support my views with facts, as I frequently do. But, admittedly, I have not looked to see if there was something … anything … he has done of which I could approve. Since I would really like to try to gain some insight, some understanding, to do my very small part toward finding common ground, I would like to pick up the gauntlet that Lisa threw down for us and accept the challenge. But I cannot do this alone, and I am asking you, dear friends, to join me in this. I think that it can result in an educational experience for us all, and might even be fun. But Lisa isn’t getting off the hook here, for I am laying down a gauntlet of my own, and asking her to find just ONE thing that President Obama did that was for the betterment of the U.S. or the World and should not be reversed.
None of us are likely to change our ideologies … there are significant differences between republicans and democrats, conservative-thinkers and liberal-thinkers. But somewhere, we need to find a bit of middle ground, a place where we can at least respectfully ‘agree to disagree’. I hope at least some of you will help me out here, for I think we have an opportunity to engage in some meaningful discussion and perhaps, if nothing else, come to understand each other just a little better, find a small piece of common ground.
Thanks in advance to all who are willing to comment and participate in this experiment!
Note to Readers: I have purposely not answered comments on this post yet, for I wanted to give Lisa an opportunity to do so first, if she chose. However, she is currently dealing with a personal situation and it may be a day or two before she is able to get back to this. I will try to respond to comments on this post in the morning. Thanks to all who commented!!!