A few weeks ago, you might have seen news reports of the old Archives Building being demolished. Flip a switch and BOOM, it’s down. Building the replacement for it is going to take a lot more time and an incredible amount of cooperation between engineers, designers, trades people and many more. Building something new is harder than tearing something down.
Last week some people in Washington had a similar experience. After quite a few years and a lot of successful congressional votes to tear down the existing healthcare law, when the time came to ‘build’ its replacement it failed. It’s easier to tear down than to build.
It could be argued that the failure last week resulted from the same process flaws that are responsible for the problems with the existing law. A lack of cooperation and consensus building between the two sides of the political ‘aisle’. The ACA was passed into law without a single vote from the opposition party. The AHA was proposed and pushed (and failed) without the support of a single member of the opposition party. Can anyone reasonably argue that either of those realities are good? Good for policymaking or good for America?
Maybe it is time in this country to make a serious and intense effort to get past partisanship and politics and start to put the good of the many above the pettiness of the few. Not that it hasn’t been tried. The well-known ‘Gang of 6’ which then became the ‘Gang of 8’ was an attempt by serious minded people from both parties to try. Unfortunately, many were eviscerated by the fringe on both sides and the effort failed. Maybe it time to try again and for the center, which I am convinced is most people, needs to come together despite their political label and reject the politics of extremism; whether it be on the left or the right.
When are we, as a united country, going to acknowledge that we have too many hungry children, too many people working but not making enough money to live on, too many people getting sick who can’t afford to get better, too many children not being educated properly, and many other problems?
When are we, as a nation, going to acknowledge that it is harder to build than to tear down? That solutions come from cooperation from all impacted parties working together? Maybe now is the time.