Share and share alike

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

After this current battle is decided, both sides will be making more adjustments to the Affordable Health Care Act, which both sides agree is far from perfect. Quietly, without the spotlight, portions of this landmark legislation will be put on hold because both sides recognize the same issues, but Democrats can’t allow the Republicans to claim a victory over this issue. The Republicans who normally want to focus on the debt ceiling would gladly raise the limit if they can put another strike on the landmark legislation somehow legitimizing their victory. It’s all just posturing.

Sadly we see this same behavior everyday in all walks of life, not just here in the states but around the world.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, coming off his historical conversation with President Obama, was greeted harshly when returning to his country. Instead of the Iranian people being relieved to see tensions and, perhaps someday, embargoes relaxed, Rouhani has a shoe thrown at his motorcade signifying the disapproval hardliners have regarding his openness to engage the U.S. in a dialogue.

The world is becoming too small to not recognize that we must find ways to resolve our differences, without the use of force or financial manipulation and that completely dominating a relationship only creates greater problems sooner or later. There are many differences among the people of the world just like there are people within this nation. But when we can’t easily address issues here at home where we have so much in common, how will we ever resolve the large issues that could have grave consequences around the planet?

In a country blessed with so much opportunity and hope, we should expect more from ourselves and our elected officials. We should reward our leaders who can unite us by resolving differences and seeking compromises with solutions that respect both points of view instead of demanding more obstruction and disdain for the opposition.

Share and share alike is every bit as good advice today as adults, as it was when we were just learning how to play with others.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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