It sounds like you and I agree in most every respect, including Cheney and Thompson having different ideas of patriotism, justice and truth.I'm not sure what you're talking about. You seem to fall into the error of thinking that the Democratic Party is the mirror image of the Republican Party.
And while Thompson and Cheney may agree on the surface about "patriotism, honesty, democracy and Justice" it's a sucker bet that Liz Cheney would define all four of those differently than you or I would.
FWIW I completely agree about building the bitch up and telling people to hike harder. As for the parties, the Democrats need some leadership, the Republicans need to reject treason. They're a long way from even grasping that "civic values" are a real thing.
IMHO the biggest problem with this country is a fragmented culture and the success of MBAs. Starting in approximately the Reagan, profit went from being a desirable goal to inviolate sacred tablet of fire. Reinvesting and stewardship ... not to mention civic values... went right out the window. The wealth of this country has been increasingly concentrated into a smaller and smaller group and the actual workers pushed further and further down; now we have families with multiple wage-earners working 60+ hours a week who not only cannot afford the 1950s lifestyle of car & suburban house & cheerful kids in school, they can't afford food much less health care... and this is affecting the economy because our workers cannot afford the consumer goods we outsourced to China, and business people are bitching that workers have unrealistic expectations of wages "because the gov't hands them so much money."
There are two places to go.... upwards, and tear at each other like rats in an overcrowded cage. Upwards will require good will and leadership.
We are stronger in compromise and working together than we are in our puritanical silos.
Hillary’s campaign made everything about race: “breaking up the banks won’t fix racism”. That’s like “defending” the rights of the unborn… it’s never gonna get done and the woke culture threatens ourselves as much as it does racism by cancelling good leaders doing their best but actually being human.
The Democrats probably have had time and the votes over the last 50 years to codify an abortion rule that would pass in the Senate: 18-20 weeks would’ve been possible at many times.
Now we got bupkis and Pelosi’s response to the end of a no-compromise SCOTUS hack that couldn't stand the test of time and a activist conservative court is issuing fundraising letters.
Don't tell me Democrats are the unsullied defenders of women's rights. It smells like bullshit.