Obama and Romney finally met face to face today for the first time since the campaign ended. In Obama’s post election speech he said he would like to meet with Romney because Romney “Presented some ideas during the course of the campaign that I actually agree with” (Obama) Talking with the other political side sets a precedent for other members of the two political parties to engage in discussion.
Politics in our country today is increasingly polarized. Our political system is seeing a decline in moderates and an increase in mud slinging between Republicans and Democrats. Our congress over the past two years has become entangled in gridlock resulting in an all time low congressional approval rating. Nothing can get done if the two parties refuse to work together. The meeting of these two former rivals today may play a part in bringing the two parties closer together.
I believe that in politics today, the minority political party is too focused on removing the other parties leaders from office at the next election. My twitter feed the day after the election showed tweets saying ‘Chris Christie 2016’ and ‘Wait till 2016’. Likewise the news talked about needed restructuring of the Republican party for the 2014 and 2016 elections. This is not what politics and government should be about. There are real problems facing the United States today and we can’t wait to address them until our favored political party has power. The key is to work together. Although there are some social issues that are part of this divide, there are many things that the two parties can compromise on. Both parties want the economy to improve just have different ideologies on how that should be done. Only through compromise will things actually get accomplished. Today’s meeting between two previous rivals shows that we are all Americans and that we need to work together to help build a better country.