And The Donkey In A Different Room
Never the twain shall meet.
“The elephant in the room” is a metaphorical idiom describing a major problem or controversial issue that is obviously present but avoided as a subject for discussion because it is more comfortable to do so. “Never the twain shall meet” is an idiom used to suggest that two things are too different to coexist. The elephant and the donkey in different rooms implies metaphorically that the republicans and democrats will never be able to coexist in the same room discussing a major problem or controversial issue.
Today’s political parties can’t solve today’s political problems. That is because today’s political problems are caused by today’s political parties. It is better to blame the other party rather than become part of the solution. Therefore, the solution needs to come from the voting public.
This is not the first time this suggestion has been made. Much has been written lately, since the public demonstrations and marches, about the growing need and evidence that public involvement is required. The major political problem and controversial issue today cannot be avoided. Our current political system cannot fix itself. If the elephant and the donkey can’t get their political act together, the public needs to and can.
Since the elephant and donkey can’t get out of their “political silos,” some one or some thing needs to point us toward a common truth and common reality. Instead of left and right thinking, we need some “common good” thinking (for the benefit or interests of all).Of course we could think: “This is simply another typical stage in American politics; wait and we will get over it.” To me, that sounds like “elephant in the room” thinking.
“Common good thinking” in the political room or even in the voting public is probably considered “pie-in-the-sky” thinking. But if not the people, the 1% rich people, the middle class people and the poor people, then who? If not now, when?
… and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. A. Lincoln
- The idea for this blog came from my reading an article by Steve Bhaerman: “A New Precedent for President’s Day – It’s Time to Face the Elephant (and Donkey) in the Living Room… Together”. Huffington Post 2-21-17