In today's Los Angeles Times, there is an op-ed piece by Madeline Janis, the national policy director for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a nonprofit advocacy organization. In that op-ed, she discusses her relationship with her father, a devoted Rush Limbaugh "dittohead." Janis, on the other hand, is quite the opposite.
She loved her dad, who was nearing the end of his life, and was trying to avoid tangling with him over bringing his collection of Limbaugh baseball caps to an assisted living facility. But in spite of herself, she found herself arguing with him about it. When things calmed down, this happened:
"Sweetheart, I want to tell you something," he said.
"It's OK, Dad," I replied. "I know that we disagree on many things, so let's just not talk about politics."
But he persisted. "I've been thinking," he said. "And I've come to the conclusion that although I really like Rush Limbaugh, I love you more. So I'm going to give up the caps." [...]
My father died this month. He was 87 years old and went peacefully. [...]
Our love for each other and our family helped my father and me transcend the enormous ideological divide between us.
It makes me wonder if there isn't something in these experiences that might help us, as Americans, transcend our political differences. Even if we don't have the same closeness as a family, Americans of all political stripes do share a love of country. And that could be a start, at least, at reaching across the gulf of ideology to work cooperatively and respectfully to solve the challenges facing the nation.
Please read the entire piece here.