Hey, you know that idea that you can’t be friends with someone if you disagree?
Well, its dumb.
Spread the word — there are lots of people who apparently haven’t heard.
For some reason, many folks — I think it’s not wholly wrong to say, mostly from the left side of the aisle — have fancied separating from friends and previously-loved ones who vote differently as some sort of virtue.
It isn’t, of course, and whenever you weaken the fabric of family and community, you weaken the fabric of the country.
And someone who’s aware of that fact is Sir Elton John.
Among the hoopla over Ellen DeGeneres — say it ain’t so — talking and joking with George W. Bush at an NFL game, the “Candle in the Wind” hitmaker had a thing or two to say.
“I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said.”
He was referring to her defense — her claim that she and W. are friends, and that’s how it’s s’posed to go.
Speaking to NPR, he Amen’d her message of true tolerance — that is, one that goes both ways.
In case you missed it, here’s Ellen being as right as Sweet Irish Creme in your favorite K cup confection:
Back to Elton, he delivered more of the good goods:
“George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes. People need to come together.”
As per Fox News, the singer lamented the current state of affairs:
“Unfortunately, what our democracy has become now is that it’s not okay to have different opinions than yours. And that is not healthy.”
He even praised W. for launching the $85 billion 50-country-wide AIDS initiative PEPFAR — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
“PEPFAR came from the Republicans. People have to remember that. … [It’s] the most incredible thing a Republican president has done on a philanthropic level.”
“[People] need to respect people’s views on life,” Elton said.
“Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”
I’m thankful for his voice in this, as well as in a lot of other matters where he’s landed on a side some didn’t expect. The man performed at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding, for Pete’s sake.
And I’m grateful for “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road,” my favorite song of his.
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