Signs of Intelligent Life
MoveOn gets down with the Tea Party
By Mike Krauss
At this point in the never-ending saga of a Congress and administration which will not reign in the abuses and guard against the risk of another catastrophic failure of the "too-big-to-fail" and "too-big-to-jail" (TBFTBJ) banking cartel, many Americans are understandably feeling like the extra-terrestrial, all-terrain Rover now exploring the planet Mars; or one of those satellites sent for decades into deep space, searching without much hope for signs of intelligent life.
And then, a miracle !
In California a few weeks ago, a co-founder of the liberal Move.On sat down in her living room with a nationally recognized leader of the conservative Tea Party. The picture tells part o the story: Move.On's Joan Blades, comfortably attired in yoga pants and clogs, and equally comfortable with the The Party's Mark Meckler - jeans, big belt buckle, leather vest and an enormous (Is there any other kind?) Stetson.
But the photo is taken at the end of a meeting and shows only the result - that they are comfortable together. It does not tell you how they came together and why they are getting along.
The photo does not tell that they had been talking
for about three years, on line and on the phone, looking to see where they
might find some common ground, without abandoning core beliefs.
The picture does not tell you that their meeting was set up by a citizens' organization, http://www.LivingRoomConversations.com, which gets together one host or two, and a small gathering of guests and their guests, who might think they agree on little politically - until they sit down together to listen to, question and respond to each other.
The Idea for such meetings was that of the liberal Blades and long-time NJ GOP stalwart, Amanda Kathryn Roman. The sensible hope -- which they proved can be a reality - is that people who are encouraged by others to be divided by pronounced differences in some areas, can get beyond those obstructions and find some common ground in other areas on which to stand together for the common good.
What did they talk about? By their account, a lot: everything from ObamaCare to education and taxes.
And what did they agree upon?
"For starters," they said, they agreed that the "rules" of the crony capitalism that has taken the place of real capitalism in the U.S. aren't working for most Americans: because the new rules are not applied equally to all Americans.