AMY on TEXAS FAITH: Can Obama and Cruz learn from each other?

AMY on TEXAS FAITH: Can Obama and Cruz learn from each other?

TEXAS FAITH: What can Obama and Cruz learn from each other?

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You’ve read the coverage in the paper or online, followed the play-by-play on television news and probably even heard chatter around the water cooler about the government shutdown. So, I don’t need to replay the details for you about the last few weeks in Washington.But, for this week’s discussion, I would like you to draw upon your training and/or beliefs to offer some advice to the two most identifiable people in the latest budget drama: President Obama and Texas’ own senator, Ted Cruz.For them, and the country, to move ahead, some kind of breakthrough in human relations needs to occur. For that to happen, they need to understand each other better.Of course, many major religions emphasize understanding “the other,” even welcoming the stranger. So, here is my question for this week:What one strength of Ted Cruz’s would you suggest President Obama appreciate? And what one strength of President Obama’s would you suggest Sen. Cruz appreciate?

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from my answer:

AMY MARTIN, Director Emeritus of Earth Rhythms and Writer/editor Moonlady News Newsletter

The strength of humanity is our brain. Both gentlemen should avail themselves of the full repertoire of cerebral goodness that using the entire brain provides.

Sen. Cruz should come to realize that the prefrontal cortex is his friend. While he rejects that part of the brain where discernment arises, it’s also where the ability to compromise resides. The limbic system of the brain he relies on is mired in polarity: flight or fight, win or lose, live or die, us versus them. That was essential when we were a tribal people. But we are global now.

President Obama should learn to love his limbic system. It is the seat of our deepest emotional reactions. Many people feel more than they think and that’s valid. He should recognize the fears that many in the Republican Party have about a nanny state run amok and government assistance undermining personal responsibility and address them directly, rather than dismissing them.



Amy Martin

Amy Martin is the North Texas Wild at GreenSourceDFW and author of Itchy Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash. More info at Most frequently she was the senior comedy critic for TheaterJones, The Aging Hippie columnist for Senior Voice, and the Taoist panel member of the Texas Faith blog of The Dallas Morning News. A journalist for over 40 years, she wrote for Dallas Observer, Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Morning News, and D magazine, and was contributing editor and columnist for Garbage magazine. She was known by many in North Texas as the Moonlady for her alternative newservice of 15 years, Moonlady News, and served as creator/producer/promoter of the acclaimed Winter and Summer SolstiCelebrations for 20 years. 

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