It’s hard to believe it has been nearly two weeks already since I wrote the post Give-and-Take. That post was the experiment I tried in response to a challenge by Lisa Jensen writing as The Snarky Activist, where we each tried to find one good thing to say about Donald Trump. My goal was to try to start a conversation between right and left, conservative and liberal, republican and democrat. A conversation where we listen … actually listen to the other side, and respond with respect, yet without sacrificing our own views. The post was enormously successful, beyond my wildest imaginings, and the feedback (140 comments) was beyond encouraging. Lisa and I discussed it and decided to try to turn this into a multi-post, joint effort project.
One thing we decided was that the conversation would be more meaningful if we limited it to a single topic at a time, and get everyone on the same page. I suggested, and Lisa concurred, that we would put it to my readers to choose the topic. I initially put together a list of about 30 topics, looked at it, set it aside, and then tonight I pulled it up and looked at it again and just shook my head and started cutting. I narrowed the field to six of the ones I think are high priorities. You will note that there is an elephant in the room. I have intentionally NOT put issues related to guns on the list at this time. The Santa Fe school shooting has, I think, left us all too raw for the moment and I fear we could not calmly discuss anything related to gun regulation. I know I couldn’t … not yet. Soon, however, I do want to open this topic, most specifically a ban on assault-style weapons. But not just yet.
We have had a lull in this project, partly because Lisa was on a business trip all last week, and I have been battling a respiratory infection all week. But I don’t want to lose the momentum, so I hope that by mid-week, we can open a new discussion on the topic you guys choose. Please select two choices from the following topics. If there are other topics you would like us to discuss either now or in the future, please let me know in the comments. I am thinking one discussion every 10 days or so, and the format is still being considered. All ideas are welcome … you guys are part of this project too!!!
I’m looking forward to hearing your suggestions, and also to engaging with everybody, doing our small part to try to narrow the gap that is tearing this country apart. Thanks to all for your interest, enthusiasm and participation!