All this talk about
“Finding Common Ground”
“Uniting the Country”
I get it, I understand the motivation for unity. But it’s not happening.
Can we reconcile the view that abortion is acceptable with the view that it’s acceptable under certain circumstances? Sure. At least there is the potential for a compromise.
But we absolutely can not reconcile the view that from the moment of conception forward all abortion is murder with any view that some form of abortion is permissible.
There is no middle ground to be found there, the 2 views exclude the possibility that the other can be accommodated.
We might say “well those are extreme views”. Quite right. And in this country those with extreme views are the most politically motivated and they are more likely to shape the makeup of the government.
Same applies with LBGTQ+ stances.
The people who want to be welcoming but not quite affirming could potentially find some common ground with the people who are affirming. Maybe.
But there are those who believe every issue pertaining LGBTQ+ is purely about personal choices and that all of those choices are inherently wrong and evil. They can never reconcile with the affirming.
There is no middle ground between the LGBTQ+ are evil and the LGBTQ+ should be affirmed camps.
Same with many others.
The views cannot accommodate each other.
Our country has been building to this confrontation for a long, long time. Failing to acknowledge this will prolong the current hostility and escalate the final confrontation.