Okay, the title is a little mischievous. But, I did have dinner with a “self-proclaimed” Liberal last night and I’m now typing about it…so, technically, I did survive.
However, I did not just survive, we both thrived during our time together. We had the best time, as she sipped her wine and me, my diet coke. We laughed. We allowed ourselves to be vulnerable in sharing our sincerest thoughts. We laid down any armor we might have had on. We saw each other as people, as fellow Americans tethered to the same fate.
What was so amazing is that she described her household as “a very liberal household”, while I described myself as “conservative”…but, beyond these two titles, we never again mentioned titles, political ties, Democrats versus Republicans, black versus white, gay versus the Bible, or any other divisive jargon…Yet, we spoke of substance and we equally lamented over the culture we no longer recognize.
What was even more fascinating is that although she described herself as a Liberal, when we removed political jargon and titles, we agreed on absolutely every topic of discussion – our overwhelming national debt, our dangerous ties with China, the Islamic threat, the dangers of an expanding federal government. We agreed that Ebola is a national threat and our government should be more concerned about protecting Americans versus potentially hampering aid to West Africa. We agreed that our Southern borders must be secured. She is against the President’s decision to print up more than 9 million green cards, which he is prepared to issue AFTER the election. Alas, we both concurred that if the 2016 Presidential election is a choice between Hilary Clinton and Jeb Bush, we are both staying home.
How did we do it? How could two women – one black, one white, one much older than the other, one wealthier than the other, and by the nation’s standard, political enemies – sit across from one another with joy, peace, and unity? Two words…COMMON SENSE. We just spoke what we know to be True, Factual, Logical. We sat aside witty remarks and political correctness. We just talked.
Common sense is still in style people. Let us be determined to wear it daily.
God bless…7 comments