I'm not much for lofty aspirations, that fail to understand simple realities like self interest and the impermanence of union, there are simply too many innate forces which pull people apart. So, I approached today's news conference with a cynical eye, but I must say, by the end, I found myself buying in entirely. In this one instance, people will focus on similarities, they will emphasize common ground, rather than defining borders.
There was a singularity present today, a rarity in my experience, a common purpose that comes with a notion of compromise, far different than digging in your heels and finding identity through disagreement. I actually believed that all three men where working within the confines of the greater good, the primary consideration implementing policy which was devised with admirable intentions. Creating that environment, allows one to look at the positives in others, rather than fixating on conflict, that in itself is a bit of victory in this particular arena.
It won't last forever, but that's largely irrelevant at this point, entirely conceivable that this coalition can be overwhelming effective and potent for a healthy period. Instead of a fractured left, center-left, this accord means everyone has invested themselves, it is incumbent on them to make it succeed, we all have a stake, and that's when great things can occur. I actually had the dreaded word "hope" bouncing around my brain, and I didn't denote a whiff of cheese, it seemed a practical term, given the circumstances.
You know what? There is plenty of common ground, a spirit of compromise all that is required to navigate the rough patches. It's a good day, and people seem genuinely committed to what's important, the kicker being their personal fortunes now tied to that success, a fact that will propel progress. The Cons will roar from the sidelines, while serious people get down to work, no time for poison pills or sinister master plans, we will have a government thinking of the people they represent. It won't last, let's keep it real, but for a period, the prospects are simply intoxicating.