Not a Dime’s Worth of Difference
When he ran for president a second time in 1968 on the American Independent Party ticket, Alabama Governor George Wallace said, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties.”
Granted that Wallace, who had been a Democrat, was attempting to attract votes for that nascent party, but his statement may have found new life in Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a former Democrat and now an Independent.
Appearing last Sunday on “Face the Nation”, Sinema referenced the final speech her predecessor, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave on the Senate floor in 2018 in which he lamented the partisanship that has overtaken Congress: “…he said that folks were more interested in ensuring that the other party lost or prevented the other party from getting a win. And then they were no longer focused on the much more inspiring and more meaningful work of bringing people together, people of good faith to actually solve problems and improve lives of the people that we serve in our country.”
We have heard that lament before, but actually working together requires agreement on what the problems are and a willingness to actually solve them instead of bludgeoning members of the other party.