My real fear for our nation is not what politicians will “do” about health, poverty and job creation; but rather that they will “do nothing”, because they are too busy making devils out of the other parties.
The vast majority of the differences we see in political spheres today are only matters of degree. Even where theory of government is diametrically opposed between Democrat and Republican – there are always areas in which to compromise and make meaningful changes to our healthcare and education systems, and towards reducing the national debt.
When one party resorts to demonizing the other party just to move ahead in the polls, the result is not hyperbole, it is lies. And beyond the fact that lies are sinful, lies make honest, productive conversation impossible.
—A poster on Roger E. Olson’s blog about the spiritual dimension of the hyper-partisan mood in American politics.