Don't point fingers

This week’s Democratic presidential debates seemed more like a food fight (Kamala Harris’ characterization) than a rational discussion by the people who want to lead our country. It seemed like the participants were childishly trying to outdo each other rather than professionally showing their ‘grownup’ vision. Didn’t their mothers ever tell them that ‘two heads are better than one’: partisanship rarely works and yet they, and most of our other current leaders, continue to point fingers rather than collaborate. All of the people running for President, including the incumbent, have both good and not-so-good ideas: when did we, and they, forget that in a democracy the point is to work together to find an appropriate consensus. I want to be proud of the people we elect to lead our country: unfortunately, partisanship and politics make that an elusive goal. The men and women running, in both parties, are like right and left hands: it doesn’t make sense not to use, or consider ideas from, both. Solving problems is hard work: all the more reason to consider and incorporate everyone’s opinions today.

 Jeannette Pickering Rankin (1880 – 1973): American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States