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What, Politically Speaking, Does “Reach Across The Aisle” Mean?

Republicans and Democrats alike use the term “reach across the aisle”, but Democrats use it mainly when they intend to put Republicans in a bad light for not cooperating with the liberal policies that are destroying America. When the term “reach across the aisle” is used by liberals it does not mean that they want Republicans to negotiate honestly with Democrats and their blame-America-first tendencies, while the Republicans negotiate from the position of their conservative values and principles. It means that Republicans should give in to pressure from the left and give the liberals everything they want.

On the other hand, when you hear a liberal say that they “reach across the aisle” to Republicans and just want to negotiate with them and seek mutual agreement on current issues, you’ll find that this same liberal person, when addressing the American public in past policy statements, also assured American voters that they could keep their own healthcare, period; that they could keep their doctor, period; and that they would save $2500 a year on healthcare costs, period. And now liberals are promising that the government will not take away the constitutional right of a law-abiding citizen to own a weapon for their protection, period. So one believes leftist assurances at his or her own risk.

For Democrats to demand that Republicans “reach across the aisle” is intended to recruit them legislatively and policy-wise into joining the liberals in their leftist schemes that will eventually end with the government gaining ever  more control over citizens’ lives and bring more future Democrat voters into the country as illegal aliens. That end is what liberals want when they claim that Republicans are the party of “NO” and that the Republicans will not deal with Democrats as equals.

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The term “reach across the aisle” suggests that we should see Republicans voluntarily asking Democrats if they can be of any assistance in the planning and implementing of more government takeover of constitutional and states’ rights issues, or in the borrowing of trillions of additional dollars to pay for big government spending.

Republicans often meekly and weakly state that they can “reach across the aisle” and work with Democrats, but this statement simply means that Republicans have lost the war of words when dealing with their political opponents and feel that they must kneel at the verbal altar of political correctness and make a show of actually listening to and considering the leftist crap that liberal Democrats want to do legislatively. And, unfortunately, too often Republicans do actually join the Democrats on their side of the aisle and pass destructive legislation, and that’s what is leading our nation on a path of destruction: Republicans are afraid to stand up to Democrats and do whatever it takes to block their destructive tendencies.

When using the term “reach across the aisle”, which liberals claim they want Republicans to do, this usage of the term does not mean that Democrats will compromise with Republicans in halting our run-away spending and borrowing and return to economic progress and liberty for American citizens.  The “reach across the aisle” thing is a smoke screen and a one-way street pointing left: Republicans do the reaching and Democrats will accept their help in passing destructive legislation. This give-and-not-receive practice of Republicans must end now!

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About Dave King

Retired AT&T supervisor and Verisign manager, 72 years old, living in the Kansas City area.