There was a time not so long ago, when our two-party system in America flawed as it may seem, worked well together, respected each other’s opinions, and listened to them.
Yes, men like Tip O’Neil and Ronald Regan who on the surface were polar opposites yet still managed to get things done for the country that was best for the nation as a whole appear to be the end of the amicable politics in America.
Political opposition today is loyal only to the destruction of their opponent no matter the cost.
The expression “loyal opposition” is defined in the dictionary (see loyal opposition (merriam-webster.com)), and the expression has a good connotation. Why? When the members of the loyal opposition are doing their job correctly, they help to hold the majority party accountable to the public. That is true in both a constitutional republic and a parliamentary democracy. The loyal opposition can only do its job, however, when we all understand the value of the loyal opposition and we are honorable enough to respect the rights of the minority. Unfortunately, we have done a poor job of teaching our children the value of the loyal opposition. Many don’t even appreciate why they should respect the rights of others.
Consider Proverbs 27:17. What does the proverb in the illustration above mean? How does one person sharpen another like iron sharpens iron? When people who respect each other have a disagreement…
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