While working in the yard, I drew a connection between weeding the lawn and outreach efforts. We spend so much money and time lawn mowing but to me we cut the grass every three weeks but cut the weeds every ten days—get it.
The weeds and the grass are mixed in together. Grass is the largest growing thing on earth and it will fight for itself if given the opportunity to put down deep roots. If you have a bald spot, good grass will eventually crawl in to help. If you cut the grass to low, rain will wash away the top soil and ugly sand will remain.
I enjoy a health friendship with many southern conservatives and wonder why they don’t expand into the moderate range by getting the craziness 5% to dial down their viciousness. If they got rid of that 5%, they could gain 25% of the moderates in the center.
After pulling weeds for hours, I noticed that my lawn cart says “Scotts” on the front. It’s a sign…I tell you! The two most important congressional outreach GOPers from the South are South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Georgia Rep. Austin Scott. Tim Scott is a traditional conservative who happens to be Black. He could do this and that to bridge the racial and partisan divide…if he wants.
Austin Scott was a freaking rock star in the state house and he even caught heat from the Klan for pushing to change the state flag. Of course, a young guy like that who defeated a Blue Dog Dem has the formula for outreach. But, do they turn to him for the game plan? Some southern bloggers fell that Austin has fallen in line to avoid a Tea Party primary challenger from the far Right. I say he is the logical choice for U.S. Senate in the future if he returns to his statehouse brand of conservative leadership. Those Scott fellows, no relations, could be Scotts Turf Builders if the GOP wants to weed out the uglys and get back on the important lawn…the one at the White House.
On a related note, growing stronger young men is also like a lawn. We spend so much money reacting to the weeds (thugs) that we forget the actual grass (good kids.) When you remove the weeds, it’s vital that you go down to the roots. If grass has deep roots, it can withstand drought and flooding. These kids today have short roots and they are therefore easily washed away. We oldheads are the rich topsoil and topsoil hates supporting weeds. In public policy, we should spend less time and energy on weeds and redirect those efforts to healthy stronger grass because without a strong lawn the foundation of the house/community is at risk.