The State of the Union and Bipartisanship

Jenny Erikson
Jenny Erikson
The State of the Union address is tonight, and in an effort to promote sacred unity, some Republicans and Democrats will sit together, instead of on their own sides of the aisle.

Kumbaya, my Lord Mother Gaia, kumbaya.

Democrats have been calling for greater bipartisanship since they got creamed last November, but they really ratcheted it up a few weeks ago during the Giffords massacre in Arizona. After the media got done blaming Sarah Palin (which, by the way, they still have not apologized for), a new tone for Congress was called for. Because, you know, using the term ‘Obamacare’ to describe Obama’s health care mandates might incite violence. 


Days later, Democrat Representative Steve Cohen likened the GOP to both baby murderer Goebbels and the Nazis. He must have missed the ‘new tone’ memo.

Moving forward with this new tone/civility/bipartisanship stuff, some of our lawmakers are eschewing almost 100 years of traditional separate seating to join hands (figuratively speaking ... I hope) in solidarity.

The time for looking beyond the partisan divide was January 8, when our nation should have joined together to mourn the deadly actions of an insane man. Instead, liberals pointed fingers at the right. Now they want to play ‘peace and love’? It doesn’t jive.

There is nothing wrong with a two-party political system. The New York Times' Thomas L. Friedman believes “there is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.” 

That’s strange ... I’m pretty sure that America operates on a two-party system. Don’t we have two sides of the aisle? The left and the right? Democrats and Republicans? What is wrong with that?

I understand that it’s hard to ‘get things done’ with a bicameral congress, but that’s exactly the point. If we didn’t have the two sides checking each other on a regular basis, things would be a mess. A ruling class has controlled societies since the beginning of the human race, yet America is the first country to really be ruled by the people and for the people. Everyone is represented: Those that believe that the government is the answer, and those that believe it’s a necessary evil. We need each other for balance.

The biggest problem with Republicans and Democrats sitting together is the projection of the false idea that the majority of people agree with the ideology of a particular party. With the members evenly dispersed, it may look like everyone is cheering on the president, even if only a minority supports him.

As Marxist Saul Alinsky said, "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." Replace ‘enemy’ with ‘other side of the aisle.’ Why would any American choose to perpetuate an image that doesn’t show two unique points of view?

It’s what makes us distinctly American.


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