Imagine our National Governance as a substantial, shiny metallic flying machine. As we move through space and time our craft is buffeted by the turbulence of winds blowing hard across the mountain tops. It rides along, but at times the integrity of the rivets holding it together is strained, maybe a few even pop from the polished aluminum plates.
Metaphorically, the forces it navigates through are statements made by one side or another, disparaging while advancing initiatives that are profound in their impact on others. Commentators discuss the ignorance of the opposition, that they are unknowing of real constraints and cultural imperatives. They question the veracity of any statement. It is generally claimed that those in opposition, have never traveled an inch in the shoes of other constituencies.
Claims are made the adversaries are mean or even evil ideologues. Some of us look for ways to understand the dialogue between groups and to find ways out of the destructive exchanges.
The winds use to howl on rare occasion, they are nearly daily now. It is difficult for us to engage, generally we hear the arguments on the small screen and the commentators are not eager for feedback, except maybe in a 140-character format they may use for instant reaction.