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Tell me if I'm wrong or simply naive. I thought it was built in to our democratic system of government that when particular parties or candidates are defeated that the will of the people or the electorate would be honored enough for there to be some cooperation during the coming term for the good of the the country, by the seeking out of any common ground. It is a kind of political good sportsmanship that says in effect, "well, you have won this go round, but we are beginning now to build a case in the public forum of ideas toward a victory in the next election, all the while hoping and helping you find some success in this term, so that it will not be wasted. We acknowledge our defeat and that there must have been good reason for it. We face that reality, we are not in denial of it. We pledge rather to learn from it, for the good of the party and, hopefully, the nation." If this or something like it is not the attitude, if in fact there is denial about the victory of the opposition, then it is an unhealthy and dangerous condition, as it would be psychologically and emotionally for any individual who was in denial about a major reality in their life situation or condition.
It requires strength of character to exhibit this kind sportsmanship and humility in the face of a political loss or any other kind of competitive loss. It is also plain good sense. The founders assured us our system and our nation would fail miserably without it being demonstrated by its citizens, whatever their political stripe or station in life. But that would clearly be taking the higher way, which is the Prophet Isaiah's version of the I 40 highway which crosses our nation by the way. The higher way in the wilderness is not "my way or the highway." The I-40 higher way could stitch our country back together again almost whole, like the railroad did in the aftermath of our first Civil War.
The demonstrated view by a person or a people or a political party that a leader or particular individual can do no right, and the refusal to acknowledge any right, however rare, when it is immediately present, is just as distorted and unrealistic as the view that a leader can do no wrong. Neither view is driven by fact, but both by fiction and delusion.
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