I frequently disagree with Gerson, but on this I agree. What a great op-ed
piece. We need more public dialogue like this. Gerson, a conservative, lauding
the Vice President is magnaminous. We can see the good in the other side. No
more tearing down, it's not good for our society.
A powerful article, a reminder that grounding our public discussion and public
policy in empathy - literally "feeling with" - with other persons could
do a great deal to benefit all Americans. I've long been a fan of Joe
Biden, partly because he does make mistakes and gaffes which I think come from
his profound humanity. I prefer a gaffe prone decent man who can empathize with
others over a smooth talker any time.
Love the concept of the article. However, I find the Vice-President's
words to be cynically political as opposed to emphatic.
Too many of our politicians on all sides and at all levels are nothing more than
actors trying to play roles in some of political stage play.We need
good hearts as well as good minds in our legislatures and in Congress.What do we have now? Corporate big money and very little of what is really
How about next week an article about how liberals should consider the virtues of
using logic? I'm guessing that would be just as offensive to liberals as
it is to insinuate that conservatives should look to Biden to learn about
empathy. Good article, great encouragement. The jab at
conservatives was an unnecessary and false stereotype.
Lets -- is it really a jab? How about one example of "compassionate
conservatism?"Which state actually has a death panel?It's called the "Futile Care Act."It was signed into
law by a governor who later became a President who claimed to be a
"compassionate conservative."Google it.TexasGW BushRemember, those "liberals" you love to
denigrate are just Americans who will not allow ourselves to be fooled.Would you be interested in taking lessons on how to avoid being flimflammed by
talk radio or the GOP?
Old Man - I don't need your lessons on anything, I don't listen to
talk radio, and I did not denigrate liberals. Wow - overreach much?I'm reasonable enough to know that neither liberals or conservatives have
a monopoly on empathy or logic. Anyone who insinuates such is a blinded
partisan. I'm also quite positive that study after study shows that, in
terms of charitable contributions, conservatives are far more generous than
liberals. Doesn't mean that liberals aren't generous too, but you
certainly have no bragging rights for compassion and empathy. I have many
conservative friends who donate considerable time, energy, money, and talent to
charitable organizations, friends, neighbors, and strangers in need.
Conservatives don't need the sanctimony and self-righteousness of you or
the media to elicit compassion and empathy for anyone in need. In
my first comment I made a plea to avoid unfair stereotypes of both sides, and
all you can do is spew a pile of irrelevant garbage that proves two things -
you're too biased to even engage in a reasonable dialogue of common
goodness, and you've got a pretty huge chip on your shoulder.
Helooo: "Love the concept of the article. However, I find the
Vice-President's words to be cynically political as opposed to
emphatic."If you'd seen Biden's actual speech there
would be no doubt about the genuineness of his remarks.
Lets -- how about going back and reading the post you wrote at midnight? How
many denigrating phrases do you find there?
@one old man - I only denigrate what has earned denigration, and typically
that's reserved for individuals with faulty logic and those who use
distorted, cherry-picked faux outrages to falsely stereotype and mischaracterize
entire groups of people. Your comments generally fit very nicely into one or
both categories, and hence, have earned the denigration of reasonable people.
Let's -- exactly. You've got it right. Your description of
conservatives is right on the mark.Thanks.
I saw the the talk Joe Biden gave on the internet. He's one of the few
man's men in washington.
@one old man - good zinger! You forgot to use several other oldies but goodies,
like "whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you," and "Oh
yeah, so's your old man," and "well, your mother wears army
boots," and "I know you are, but what am I?"Based on
your inability to engage in an adult debate about ideas, I suspect you may not
be as old as your moniker implies.As I mentioned earlier - the
article made some very good points. I just did not appreciate the false
stereotype of conservatives. Conservatives and liberals have empathy, but have
different perceptions of how that should be manifest through government programs
and policies. One old man - I'm sorry if life has left you bitter and
un-empathetic toward half of your fellow citizens.