CONCILIATORY [kuh n-SIL-ee-uh-tawr-ee]: likely to placate or pacify


This will be short.

In the current political environment there are a number of words which have become verboten.  Among them:

  • cooperate
  • collaborate
  • concession
  • conciliatory
  • respect
  • dialogue
  • conference
  • deference

There are others.  They seem to appear on a daily basis.

The one I chose for today’s posting, is conciliatory, a word that describes the attitude of someone who desires to find a place of point upon which to agree.   The handshake depicted in the illustration above is a sign of agreement, usually after a dialogue in which concessions have  created common ground.  It doesn’t mean that the people involved have forfeited their beliefs or disagreements.  However, for the sake of the common good, there have been some sacrifices of lesser points which allow an agreement to emerge.

It used to be the way in which our government worked.   But the current members of Congress, and those of preceding classes of Congress, have, for the most part, abandoned conciliatory practices.  In the place of such practices they have adopted arguments, name-calling, ideological roadblocks, and other methods of separating or denying common ground.

No need to give examples.  They are so obvious and prolific that you’d have to be in a coma over the past year or two not to have experienced them.

I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping and praying that we will soon see the demise of such animosity.  I’d like to think that the upcoming election and the one to follow it will give us a Congress in which the makeup is more resemblant of previous configurations of the U.S. Congress.  Is it too much to hope for?


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