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An old parable...
There are four blind men who discover an elephant. Since the men have never encountered an elephant, they grope about, seeking to understand and describe this phenomenon. One grasps the trunk and concludes it is a snake. Another explores one of the elephant’s legs and describes it as a tree. A third finds the elephant’s tail and announces that it is a rope. And the fourth blind man, after discovering the elephant’s side, concludes that it is, after all, a wall.
Each of us looks at the Democratic Party and sees something different. Some see the party that champions the workers, the middle class, the poor and sick...a party that exemplifies empathy and compassion. Some see a party that has lost its way and has abandoned its values. Some see a party in disarray trying to find middle ground between the Bernie supporters and the Hillary supporters. Some are looking for a leader that meets all their concepts of what a true leader should be...an illusive quest of ideological purity destined to end in failure.
For me the Democratic Party embraces a diversity of thought, cultures, races and religions (or non-religions) and strives for tolerance of our differences. It is not easy. In fact it is next to impossible to be all things to all people. I know because I met so many of these people in canvassing neighborhoods for Obama, Clinton and local and state candidates.
We strive to strike a balance with compromises, but one person's compromise is another person's sell-out. It encourages intolerance even when we strive for tolerance. It evokes strong emotions. Some liberals even called President Obama the "lesser of two evils". But names I heard against Hillary were even worse.
For all it's warts and imperfections, the Democratic Party and its candidates for office, its party platform, and the thousands of volunteers who hit the streets to register voters and get out the vote are the only thing standing in the way of the Republicans and Donald Trump and their agenda to make the Republican Party a one party rule. They can only succeed if we remain divided ourselves, and if we remain intolerant of each other.
Compromise is not a four letter word.