Except for the box elder bugs. They have to go because they don't belong in here with me.
So, this weekend I took part of my tribe to visit my folks in the Twin Cities. My youngest sister was in her high school musical, so we enjoyed some live entertainment and I got to cross off "take boys to 4 cultural events in 2012" at long last. Really, the show was great. High-caliber for high school, inventive staging and sets, and quality performances almost across the board. The youngest sister totally belongs working on stage somewhere, she has talent. She'd make an excellent performer at Disney World and she's gorgeous enough to even star as one of the princesses.
Generally speaking, the boys did not embarrass me. My dad brought us to the Lego Store at MOA and later that evening showed them his gun collection. My folks are pretty red as politics run, so you can imagine my delight when my dad and I engaged in some political discourse where we saw eye to eye on almost every point.
You see, that's where we can really begin to fix America's problems, isn't it? Instead of focusing on where we part ways, start with where we agree. Identify the problem, work out a solution. Heck, my kids can do this all day long, why can't grown-ups?
I know you're wondering where a liberal and a conservative find common ground. (It almost sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: "A liberal, a conservative and a polar bear walk into a bar...") Check it out:
* the ethanol subsidy needs to GO AWAY
* the tax code needs reforming (Dad believes in a flat tax, I believe in a consumption tax, but our philosophy is essentially the same.)
* Citizens United must be overturned
I bet if we kept at it, we could come up with a pretty long list of fixes we agree on. The trick is to be respectful and open to other perspectives.
For fun, spill it, reader. What obvious fix do you think all colors would agree on? Or, if you're stumped, finish that bad joke.