In this rather humorous letter addressed to the United States, Preston Manning strives to strike common ground with both Republicans and Democrats for reconciliation. Reflecting on what was a very turbid political season, Manning contends that there needs to be a “coming together” between parties in order for them to work towards the betterment of their country. As a way forward, Manning points to one of the icons in American political history, Abraham Lincoln, and in particular Lincoln’s second inaugural address, which shows how reconciliation is “as much a spiritual process as a political process.” This, however, is not just an American problem; the conflict model of politics is increasingly prevalent across the globe. And so, in offering a friendly word of advice to his neighbours across the border, Manning is also offering the rest of the world a means through which we can come together.
How can we move away from a conflict model of party politics?
What other historical models can we look to as exemplars for how significant disagreement within politics can be handled well?
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