Community, cooperation, compromise—three words rarely found in the extreme conservative playbook. In a conservative world, these words are a sign of weakness. The dog-eat-dog world of the radical right leaves no room for weakness; survival of the fittest is their motto.
What’s so scary about community? Churches are communities. Neighborhoods, even political parties are communities. Unfortunately the man most loathed by the extreme right wing of the Republican Party was a community organizer, equating community with socialism or even worse: communism.
Cooperation has not been practiced, either, having made it their sworn duty to do everything in their power to obstruct anything that might make Obama look good.
Compromise, the dirtiest word of all, has been taboo for the last two years, even though the founders created a government requiring compromise.
I recall a description of heaven and hell given to me as a kid in catechism: In the afterlife, everyone’s arms are long, too long to feed yourself, and everyone sat around a huge banquet table piled high with delicious food. If you were in heaven, eating was never a problem because they all feed each other; if you were in hell, you were tormented for eternity because nobody would cooperate and feed his neighbor.
It’s time to accept heaven on earth, stop living in fear of our neighbor, and realize we live on an abundant planet: The table is full; we need only help each other.
-- David Deick - Atascadero