A liberal's tendency is to extend a helping hand. Nevertheless, we're tempted to kick sand at defeated Republicans. When Republicans turn to Fox News, tune in talk radio's Rush Limbaugh or listen to elected representatives question President Obama's citizenship, they encourage distortions, lies and insults. Politicians always face criticism, but Obama endures unprecedented and malicious slander
Obama supporters are categorized as slackers looking for a handout. We're the takers, not the makers. We're the 47 percent "who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims."
Mitt Romney stuck to his guns during a recent phone call to campaign donors. He blamed his loss on "gifts" that Obama promised blacks, young people and Latinos. After a grueling campaign, Romney still has energy to dig a deeper hole.
Now it's time find common ground to solve the nation's issues.
Should Obama follow the Bush example, as expressed in a news conference after Bush won the 2004 election? He declared, "I've earned some political capital and now I intend to spend it."
Should Mitch McConnell ("The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.") be welcomed to problem-solving discussions?
What about those who continue to portray the Benghazi tragedy as a scandal or others who criticized Governor Christie's bipartisanship with President Obama during Hurricane Sandy? Let's not leave out those who signed on with Grover Norquist and the pledge to oppose any and all taxes increases? That's responsible government. Let's have wars, but not pay the bill.
Compromise can yet be found. Obama should reach out, but only to those committed to solutions, not further slander.
And for the rest - There's no need to kick sand at embittered Republicans. They're already covered in dirt.