Bernie Sanders, John McCain and the Veterans Bill for Greater Access to Health Care

One of the great dangers in this hyper-partisan times is the increasing inability of Democrats and Republicans in finding common ground to collaborate on legislation that could address issues facing this country. Our democratic republic is premised on the idea that people of differing views are able to debate on issues, find areas of common ground and make compromises to forge legislation to help struggling Americans. No one side has the monopoly on truth. Progressives, moderates and conservatives are all right some of the time and they are all wrong some of the time. Robert F. Kennedy said in a speech in Berkeley in 1966: “…wisdom can only emerge from the clash of contending views, the passionate expression of deep and hostile beliefs. Plato said: ‘A life without criticism is not worth living.'”

This is why democracies, in the long run, are far superior than totalitarian governments. When authoritarians gain power, they try to silence, jail or kill those who dissent or disagree with them. Left wing authoritarians will try to marginalize and kill conservative voices; right wing authoritarians try to jail and kill leftists. Without those dissenting voices, authoritarian governments get trapped in a bubble of yes men afraid of expressing their true opinions and there is no one to warn them about the blind spots in their thinking and viewpoints.

I see great danger for our democracy in the way of thinking that many people have where they automatically hate people who disagree with them. Without a healthy respect for differences of opinion, it’s impossible to have the give-and-take of ideas that is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy.

Here is a video 2014 video where Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and conservative Republican John McCain talk about the legislation that they collaborated on that expanded veterans access to health care and increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During their work on the legislation, Sanders and McCain developed a friendship in spite of their vast ideological differences.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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