Barack Obama issues a scathing statement on the ‘fundamental meanness’ of the Republican bill

Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

Source: Barack Obama issues a scathing statement on the ‘fundamental meanness’ of the Republican bill

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  1. Jim-el

    Our politics aren’t merely “divided.” They are highly polarized, by the fact that people are holding different sets of priorities, different worldviews and assumptions. In truth, there are not simply two perspectives. Actually, each of us has a unique worldview, based on our historical social conditioning and our subsequent personal experience (which has reinforced some of our conditioning and set us against other aspects!).

    But it would require the soul of a saint to listen to the “other” now. Neither “side” of any political argument is based on Life — on the truth that we are the ones responsible to decide, for ourselves and for our progeny, and for all the living things that will ever follow us. If we’re only listening to the socially conditioned masses or the impassioned transformers, we’re not giving proper attention to What Is.

    We must become quiet, and then do our listening. And our listening must be to our grandmothers and our granddaughters, and the crickets that chatter through a summer night.

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