We recently went to a basketball game. This game was big, it was against our bitter rivals. The fans expected the game to be close and hard fought. We, of course, anticipated our team’s victory. As expected, the crowd taunted the enemy with catcalls and different variations of “You suck!”.
It was fun, exciting, and exhilarating. I loved it.
Competition in sports makes sense. Teams battle it out on the field, but (usually) leave without hard feelings toward their opponent. Losses and wins are to be expected. It is a game.
In our beloved country, we see a similar competition in politics. Democrats and Republicans viciously fight for their side in the House and the Senate.
Often, the line has been drawn and we have picked our team. We use our words to gain yardage on the political field. We cheer when our team wins and moan when it loses.
And, I wonder, is this right?
NPR’s Sound Medicine recently featured a health care commentary by Aaron Carroll. During Aaron’s discussion, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. He suggests that the health care debate should not be seen from a win/loss perspective.
Since I am horrible at summarizing, please listen to his piece yourself here.
Once you have, please come back and let me know what you think.