Terry Mattingly highlights one liberal journalist's reflections on this election. It's in the form of a confession: "The churched people who embrace Bush, in spite of a bumbling war and a stumbling economy, are more than alien to me. They are invisible. ... My blind spots blot out half of America. And that makes me less of a citizen, and less of a journalist" This is the challenge for all of us, to begin to connect with and understand the values of the other. It's a credit to this journalist's liberalism that he sees this as a problem which ought to be overcome.
But I should note: such a process will not work if it's rooted in a one way exchange. The desire to learn and to be open to each other, even to the point of transformation works to the degree that both sides are committed to this process and it's end. It cannot be the result of victors imposing the conditions of living together, that is the victor wins and it's up to us on the losing side who needs to modify our beliefs and activities in deference to the victor. This journalist's tone is the one all sides need to be working with: the problem is I've yet to see a single conservative echoe the same sentiments.
So here's my challenge to anyone reading the site. I'd like to find one article anywhere where a conservative says: we need to understand the other, whether it's liberal religionists, gay and lesbians, atheists or other folks voted for Kerry. I just want one piece by one conservative who suggests that there is something of value in the 47% of Americans who voted for John Kerry that is worthy of understanding, that needs to be taken seriously. I've seen articles on our elitism, on our insincerity when it comes to matters of religion, but nothing of wanting to learn from us.