Common ground. Not something you hear very often when talking about politics, more specifically: Congress. For the past few years we have had continuous close calls, and in some cases, true government shutdowns with two happening during the Clinton administration, and one in the very recent memory of October 2013. Of course those aren’t the only to happen but those are the last three to take place. Common ground can lead to a proper government, functioning as it should, but it seems that today common ground is turning quickly into “No Man’s Land.” America has become so polarized that it feels like every day one party is blaming the other, claiming that they are unwilling to compromise and re-find that common ground.
In Daniel Kemmis’ “Barn Raising,” the very first thing he talks about is common ground, commenting on how it’s there but he states that, “our prevailing way of doing things blocks us from realizing it.” It seems like there is no foreseeable future when the two parties will come together and find that common ground which is how our government has functioned for over 200 years. In politics it can be hard to be optimistic about our future, and asking both parties to be cooperative is unrealistic at this point. Our elected representatives need to remember that America is a melting pot, with a populous becoming more and more diverse with each coming year. It is time that they remember that it takes a village, or in this case a community, and that means that there must be cooperation and if that means compromising something you believe should be added in a budget so that the other side will reach across the aisle and do the same in order to keep our government running while also still continuing to promote the general welfare? Well that seems to be a no brainer to me, and hopefully to most Americans as well.
Can we find that common ground again for the good of the American people? Will the two establishments in politics work together to overcome partisanship? We certainly can’t predict the future, but we can help shape it. Working together as communities and voting for real change in politics will show Congress that America is united by people who come from many different backgrounds, and it is that which makes us so unique from the rest of the world. The fact that that many different people can work together, put aside their differences with their neighbors and count on each other to accomplish these goals for changing our country for the better.
Going back to “Barn Raising,” Daniel Kemmis states that learning by “repeated experiences” communities learned that they could count on each other and now I believe that Congress needs to desperately relearn this. I believe that it is time for change. Change of representation, change of how we compromise and come together, and change for the betterment of the American people. Thank you for taking the time to read my post!