Much of the rancor between people, groups, political parties, etc., has at its root the failure of people to interact with one another for the purpose of understanding them, their positions, and why they hold them. Perhaps it’s due to laziness, apathy or outright lack of care about what others believe.
When it comes to Kevin Foley, based on how he described his recent missed opportunity to talk with Dr. Carson, it sounds like he just doesn’t care. Most people who care about the issues of the day would jump at the opportunity to talk with a cabinet member, regardless of party. It would be great to find out what they think, why they do what they do, what is it like to serve in that capacity, etc. Instead, Mr. Foley would rather speculate on what Dr. Carson is doing and thinking and criticize him for it, even if it may not be true.
In his calling as a political columnist, Mr. Foley truly missed an opportunity that may never come again and in doing so let down his readers. I can only assume, based on what he wrote, that Mr. Foley would rather continue to straw-man the arguments of those with whom he disagrees rather than try to understand them. In the future, I would hope that Mr. Foley, and all of us, would take the time to get to know someone with whom he disagrees, understand why they hold to their views, and respect them in spite of the differences.