Life is completely different outside the Washington, DC bubble. Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner knows this and frequently travels to other parts of the country to talk to average people. In a new column she describes a conversation she had with an African American man.
Here’s an excerpt:
There aren’t two Americas. There are hundreds. Can they get along?
“It is a shame that politics cannot adopt that same robust competitive nature, that doesn’t end with a conniption,” said one building manager, after watching the State of the Union address last week.
“You know, disagree on some things, but show a little respect when it comes to other things,” he said.
He was adamant in not wanting to give his real name. “Just use ‘Derek,'” he says shaking his head, “because I see what happens on social media if you express a thought.”
“Yeah, no thank you,” he quipped. He is part of the fabric of the country who doesn’t live and die by tribal politics.
Derek, who is African-American, said he was disappointed last week in the members of Congress when they sat on their hands during the State of the Union address on several fronts. “And what was going on there when the president noted the dive in black unemployment, and they all sat on their hands and rolled their eyes?”
“Man, I don’t get Washington. I didn’t vote for Trump, but I accepted him as the president and honestly, under his policies, I have more money in paycheck,” he said.
Our representatives in Washington should spend more time outside of DC with regular people.