The United Opposites of America

The United Opposites of America

Joel Eschenbach • October 20, 2016

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  • Politics is the making of common decisions for a group of people. These are uniform decisions applying in the same way to all members of the group.

    Conservatives by definition hold to traditional attitudes and values and are cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.

    Liberals by definition are open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.

    Compromises are settlements of differences by mutual concession; agreements reached by the adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims or principles.

    To Be United is to be joined together as a group for a common purpose.

    Good politics will always be a paradox and a debate. Even though the world is full of them, paradoxes don't sit well with us. In fact, the longer we dwell on differences and those who oppose us, the more frustrated we become. The final goal becomes the forcing of our views upon others until relationships are strained and our opinions become knives that cut us apart.

    Good politics will always be a paradox and a debate. Even though the world is full of them, paradoxes don't sit well with us.

    Only if we can hold the opposites, be respectful of one another, and be willing to compromise for the sake of the other, will we overcome.

    Like the opposite poles of a magnet that pull toward one another, It's in the attraction of opposites that our country will stay united and free, but ONLY if the opposites stay consistently and graciously turned towards each other.


    "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."

    - John F. Kennedy

    "I am a strong individualist by personal habit, inheritance, and conviction; but it is a mere matter of common sense to recognize that the State, the community, the citizens acting together, can do a number of things better than if they were left to individual action.”

    - Theodore Roosevelt

    "Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”

    - Suzy Kassem

    "Do to others as you would have them do to you"

    - Jesus of Nazareth
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