Yes, I am basking in the warm feeling of the inauguration of the man I voted for. But I still have close conservative friends who really think our President is going to bring this country to its knees. Since the former President already did that, I cannot even begin to understand their concern. My conservative friends are smart and hard working and devout and wonderful people...well, one of them has an obsessive compulsive disorder in fearing germs ...really, but as a medical doctor I will forgive him his use of cases of paper towels. I just wish I could crawl inside their heads.
I understand the fear of socialism. It is, like communism, an ideal that if left unguarded, can ruin a democracy. I would like to see more control over welfare programs and unemployment benefits. Many lazy folks take advantage and I need to do more research on this. I think the earned benefit programs need to remain supported though. It seems that Paul Ryan has indicated that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" which is a gross misinterpretation on his part. Yet, Representative Ryan used the same benefits of this "Ponzi scheme" to get through college. So, send me a politician who is not rich and/or has not taken advantage of any government program and I will be willing to listen to his/her side of the story. If they can prove to me that most people on these programs are lazy and refuse to work than I will begin to understand their fear.
If there is a man who lost his job at the age of 60 and who for 8 months looks for a job, and gets discouraged with being turned away time and again, and finally says he will just collect unemployment and wait until he can get his social security benefits, do you begrudge him this failure to continue to search for work...if he has worked hard all his life? I know someone who is doing to do this. I cannot judge him.
I know there is common ground. It seems that a meeting of the Tea Party and the Move-On founder opened a window recently. This little snippet gives me hope. We may always disagree on any number of significant issues, but we really are good people under all the rhetoric and we really can compromise on most of the issues in a way that can move this country forward. If we keep the moneyed lobbyists out of the argument, I fee that we can reach reasonable compromises.