As I sifted through headlines this past week I felt this picture was a “must post”. Pictures paint a thousand words and perhaps this one belongs framed in the house and senate. The benches are at the Prides Crossing MBTA station on the North shore of Boston and as a local landmark have provided much laughter and discussion through the years. As you drive by on Route 127 they present a great photo-op, while at the same time you can stop by Prides Crossing Confections. The message is that chocolate makes partisan politics more bearable!
My friend Isabella wrote this on her blog yesterday:
“This Canadian is fascinated by the politics of our friends to the South. I don’t pretend to understand the complicated voting process, despite repeated explanations from my American friends. I’m bemused at elections that take months and years rather than six weeks. And I’m amazed at the colourful personalities and characters that walk the politician’s stage. And, yes, I wonder how some got there in the first place. (Not that we don`t ask the same question of politicians in the great white north!)”
She goes on to say:
“But you can laugh at reality for only so long. The sobering reality is an ever-increasing polarization between Republicans and Democrats. For every calm, level-headed politician trying to promote dialogue and compromise, there is another greedily seeking the day`s sound-bite to prove to voters that she or he will not waver from their principles. The current debt ceiling crisis shows the dangers of defiantly digging in your partisan heels. Refusing to work towards a compromise produces a stale-mate. Refusing to dialogue deepens the divisions formed by vitriolic debate.
There are lessons for us all as we watch the drama unfold….”
Thanks Isabella for a thoughtful post!
Bloggers note: For more posts from Isabella take a look at Catholic Dialogue. It has sometimes served as devotional and other times served as catalyst in my faith.
- The Rise of the Political Independents (psychologytoday.com)