The eu­logy ev­ery­one in Amer­ica ought to lis­ten to

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We need to be more like Mark Mead­ows and Eli­jah Cum­mings.

No, by that I don’t mean we must be ei­ther con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans like Mead­ows or lib­eral Democrats like Cum­mings.

I mean we need to get bet­ter at see­ing the good in each other in­stead of judg­ing peo­ple solely on whether they are “one of us” or “one of them” po­lit­i­cally.

Just on Satur­day morn­ing I read two ex­am­ples of how ridicu­lous the po­lit­i­cal di­vide has be­come. Trump sup­port­ers want to im­peach Sen. Mitt Rom­ney, R-Utah, their party’s 2012 nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent, be­cause he op­poses Trump.

Mean­while, Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris, D-Cal­i­for­nia, can­celed a trip to a pre­dom­i­nately black col­lege in South Carolina be­cause the school gave an award to Trump for his work on prison re­form.

The same level (or worse) of ob­sti­nance and un­for­give­ness ex­ists on so­cial me­dia. Like the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Won­der­land,” if any­one strays one step from the ac­cept­able or­tho­doxy, it’s off with their heads.

Mark Mead­ows and Eli­jah Cum­mings did not see it that way. To be sure, both were par­ti­san war­riors for their re­spec­tive sides of the aisle, but they saw the good in each other and formed a strong and last­ing friend­ship.

No doubt by this point some read­ers are dash­ing to their com­put­ers to fire off a let­ter to me, ask­ing how I dare speak fa­vor­ably of Mead­ows when last year he said … or he sup­ports …

Oth­ers are com­pos­ing let­ters ask­ing how I dare speak fa­vor­ably of Cum­mings when last year he said … or he sup­ports …

Such ar­gu­ments prove my point. I am not a cham­pion of ei­ther man’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer; I am a cham­pion of both men’s hu­man­ity.

If they could put aside each other’s po­lit­i­cal pro­nounce­ments, why can’t you?

Here is what Mead­ows said last week at Cum­mings’s memo­rial ser­vice, chok­ing back tears as he spoke. (I heard it on the Michael Medved ra­dio pro­gram and saw a clip on

“He’s called a num­ber of things — a fa­ther, a hus­band, friend, chair­man. For me, I was priv­i­leged enough to be able to call him a dear friend.

“Some have clas­si­fied it as an un­ex­pected friend­ship, but for those of us that know Eli­jah, it’s not un­ex­pected or sur­pris­ing.”

Mead­ows said he and Cum­mings shared per­sonal sto­ries and in­ti­mate se­crets “that Eli­jah never shared with any­one be­cause he was a man of his word.”

He con­tin­ued: “Scrip­ture talks about, ‘Let not your heart be trou­bled. You be­lieve in God; be­lieve also in me. In my fa­ther’s house are many man­sions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to pre­pare a place for you.’ ”

“So Eli­jah has left his tent to go to a man­sion, a bet­ter place. Per­haps this place and this coun­try would be bet­ter served with a few more un­ex­pected friend­ships. I know I’ve been blessed by one.”

Wil­liam P. War­ford’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Tues­day, Fri­day and Sun­day.

Don’t be like the Queen of Hearts; be like Mead­ows and Cum­mings

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