We’re in a divisive time in America when it comes to politics. That much is undeniable.
However, even in this time when we’re so on edge, that violence seems to have become an acceptable answer to questions of disagreement, it’s good to see moments where the political divide is bridged through some good ol’ fashioned communication and good-natured feelings toward one another.
One moment is the recent appearance of Dan Crenshaw on Saturday Night Live to humorously address the issue of Pete Davidson’s disrespectful comments toward him and other veterans. What began as a mass of outrage, anger, and hurt feelings ended with a funny segment and some awesome words exchanged when neither thought anyone was listening.
A second moment is this one encompassed in a photo tweeted out by a Houstonian in Texas.
According to Tiffany Easter of Texas A&M, Senator Ted Cruz and his former challenger Robert “Beto” O’Rourke appeared together at IAH in Houston and had what seems like a good-natured chat.
@BetoORourke & @tedcruz, thank you for showing us the best of America today @ IAH. Thanks for the conversion, courage, humility, and inspiration. Post-election doesn’t mean the conversation and civic engagement stops—in fact, it means the opposite. Thanks for your public service! pic.twitter.com/uVepvKQrW8
— Tiffany Easter (@TiffanyEaster) November 13, 2018
The campaign between Cruz and O’Rourke was one of the most watched as well as one of the most contentious races of the midterms. Both Republicans and Democrats were at each other’s throats, including that of the politicians, in order to make sure their side came out on top. The prize was Texas, after all. If Democrats turned the state purple, that would have generated so much momentum and Republicans would have been reeling from the loss. Republicans kept it red, however, and the Republican party proved it can maintain its hold, even in the face of overwhelming fundraising and media attention.
You would think that after such a big race the two sides would be bitter, but according to Easter’s tweet, that doesn’t seem to be the case. O’Rourke and Cruz seem to be able to speak to people together, and about issues facing Texans, which is good news for the rest of us.
It means we can also come together and speak about things civilly as well, which is a DESPERATELY needed message in this day and age.