During a recent Seattle City Council meeting, member Tim Burgess sought agreement on a juvenile justice issue by noting that even some of our Republican friends favor criminal justice reform. Council member Kshama Sawant, a socialist, stood to oppose what she saw as Burgess’s unfounded claim, the Seattle Times reported. For the record, she assured everyone, she has no Republican friends.
An old friend of mine, a liberal, shared this story on Facebook to lament the collapse of civility in modern American politics. Back when we both worked on opposite ends of many political issues in North Carolina, we would sometimes grab pizza together at the end of the week. Sitting outdoors on a warm evening, watching power brokers and business elites come and go, we bonded as two single guys trying to figure out life.