I’m 10 percent to 15 percent sure you’ll find me 99 percent right on this

Craig Hall

Yep, I’m about to do something I rarely do in my columns: lump Democrats and Republicans together. But as I roll, some in a good way, some in a bad way.

Despite all the political and social ills I’ve lived through in my almost 59 trips around the sun, I’ve always maintained one belief: 99 percent of Americans think and feel the same way
99 percent of the time. We all want freedom, to make life better for ourselves and our children and live out our own version of the American dream in peace and prosperity. We also share the same outrage over the ills of our society, including racism, violence and breaking the law. And we all want to work together to make society better by addressing and fixing those ills.

So why are so many of my liberal friends surprised when we sit across the table over coffee or a beer and talk about our lives, dreams and hopes?

Because, sadly, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are believed correct. Let’s take them at their word when they say there are folks in our country who’re a gang of deplorables, just as there are 10 percent to 15 percent of Americans who aren’t very good people. We see examples on TV daily, destroying our cities in our latest, uniquely American tragedy. And if we’re honest, we saw plenty before the latest of what occurred in Minneapolis. I know the percentages aren’t exact or add up. But stay with me.

I’d like to expand on Joe’s and Hillary’s feelings and apply them to a group to which we can all identify: politicians. There certainly is a 10 percent to 15 percent gang of them who are deplorable. This is something upon which Democrats and Republicans can agree. I’ll be honest and go one step further. I could do without 10 percent to 15 percent of Republicans easy peasy. So I know for a fact Democrats can agree.

To have our open, honest discussion over coffee or a beer, we need to take an open, honest look at the source of the political problems in America. The truth is most Democrats agree with Donald Trump in wanting the country open, people going back to work and stopping the violence in our cities. This isn’t something to be ashamed of. It’s more a recognition of what’s made America great, warts and all. As for Republicans, we sure could do more to fight the causes of our inner-city and societal ills by upholding the Constitution and the ideals our founders knew to be self-evident.

If you’d like a picture of the problems we have today, look at the photo of kneeling politicians pandering for votes and, as always, making everything political — all while culturally appropriating Kente cloth stoles — in the U.S. Capitol. While some might not like it, all of those politicians were Democrats. And they’re the same Democrats who’ve done nothing to improve the ills of inner cities for a half century or more, all while telling scores of Americans what their problems are and who to blame. This was pandering at the lowest level, and I’m glad to see other Democrats calling them out for it.

Regardless of party, when you promise to fix everything, you fix nothing while usually making everything worse. Whether it’s roads, schools, racism, budget deficits, “defending” the Constitution or any other political promise, we tend to elect and re-elect the 10 percent to 15 percent of Americans who promise everything while proving they aren’t very good at solving anything. Yes, Republicans pander and promise. But the harsh reality today is Democrats are in charge where America’s problems are and the states still in shutdown. And these are problems for ALL Americans.

Here’s where my 99 percent comes into play and what I find when I talk to my liberal friends. There might be one or two items upon which we disagree — and those are usually not full, irreconcilable disagreements, just percentages of disagreement. And those disagreements result mainly from laws put into place outside the boundaries of the Constitution by those 10 percent to 15 percent of deplorable people in government. I see this for two reasons. We all pretty much want the same thing, and politicians want control.

From my perspective, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans and everyone and every party in between want America open, peaceful and free once again. Everyone one of us to some percentage partakes in going to church, movies, graduations, weddings, funerals, family reunions, voting, festivals, favorite stores, travel destinations, parks, school and college, meetings and to work or play in the freedom to which we all have inalienable rights. And yet who took them away? Yep, the 10 percent to 15 percent of deplorable politicians from a virus from which we’re slowly discovering we never needed a lockdown.

In addition, we have riots in cities over societal ills all of us want solved where 10 percent to 15 percent of deplorable politicians have been promising to fix them election after election. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather try to solve them across a table with 99 percent of you, not by re-electing the 10 percent to 15 percent who’ve proven they can’t.

And the last thing they want is us having coffee or a beer. Think about that.