“Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort?” he said. “As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?”
That was Barack Obama at Notre Dame on Sunday.
A very liberal president at a very liberal university saying what people want to hear: we can all get along. There is middle ground.
But those words could have come from “moderate” Republicans like Lindsay Graham too.
Graham said on Sunday that he wanted Republicans to win: and was ready to fall back and make concessions on some issues like abortion.
So leaders in both parties seem ready to say what it will take to get elected.
Gone is the man or woman ready to say what he or she really believes, it seems. And stick to those positions.
Meanwhile more voters now seem to be saying that abortion is wrong….
A few years after George Bush said, “You are either with us or against us,” nobody seemed to be with him.
The lesson many politicians learned, and Barack Obama more than most, was to just say what makes people feel good.
We’ll close Gitmo. We’ll end military tribunals. We’ll get out of Iraq (and fast). I didn’t hear Jeremiah Wright. There’s middle ground on killing or not killing babies.
We can spend borrowed money to create jobs, cure the environment, get global education and health care and never mind the debt….
The pendulum may be swinging the other way……Back toward reality.
At the White House today Barack Obama will be faced with reality in the form of Benjamin Netanyahu who really does believe President Ahmadinejad when he says he wants to erase Israel from the map.
Middle ground could come with some expense.
America one day soon may again favor a politician of principle that tells us the ugly truth about his or her beliefs, gets elected, and sticks to his or her principles…