Ugliness, and beauty

Last night, while working on my shift, I spotted a couple playing the slots. I didn’t think anything of it until I saw the disfiguring features of this woman’s face and I had to admire the courage of both; her for coming out in public regardless what she appears, and him for his true devotion to her because love, after all does conquer even a grotesque disfigurement that she was cursed to possess.

In that same vein comes another ugliness; politics. Many years ago, when Joseph Biden was a junior Senator, he worked with a pair of southern senators who were unabashed racists. Regardless of Biden’s own feelings toward these two men and their archaic opinions, he found common ground in which to work in getting certain legislative pieces resolved and passed through committee and floor.

Fast forward to today and when this became public knowledge, some Democratic Presidential contenders criticized Biden for abandoning today’s party and its progressive principles. One, Corey Booker, demanded the vice president apologize for having worked together with these two senators. “Vice President Biden’s relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people.”

I’m sorry, Mr. Booker, but I have to agree with Vice President Biden on this one. The problem with our political climate right now is this I’m right, you are wrong mentality. No one wants to make sacrifices and compromise for the common good of the people. If you want to get something done, you have to swallow your righteous indignation, roll up your sleeves and work with the person who has a radically different opinion or ideology than yours.

Biden has nothing to apologize for. He is working to pass legislation. He is not standing on his pedestal demonizing his opponents as evil bigots or out of touch with today’s Democratic party.

Mr. Booker, if this is how you view the new Democratic Party; one of extremism, holding onto views so out of the mainstream that no one would vote for you, then I’m no longer a Democrat. I always believed in inclusiveness, treating everyone with civility, equality and respect. It doesn’t appear to me you hold those values. Instead you want to charge ahead with your radical agenda, and to hell with everyone else.

The beauty of our form of government, is compromise, or nothing would ever get done.

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