We all get confused sometime. Especially when we are frustrated to the point we are willing to grab any solution just to fix the problem. Such is where we find ourselves today.
The news this morning had the usual stack of items that indicate there is trouble in river city. One was a release from some Tea Party group warning that a number of U.S. Senators were wavering on hearing the nomination to replace Justice Scalia. Turncoats they shout. Another was about the CD2 candidate forum in Panama City where all four tripped over themselves to prove they were not like those guys currently in office. I could go on, there were plenty of such stories.
I get it. Conservatives are angry after 7 years of Obama and his executive privelege governing. They are rightfully angry with Congress for allowing our national debt to hit stratospheric numbers. They have been frightened by the constant drumbeat of fear mongers warning of Muslims, Mexicans, gays, Bruce Jenner, etc. Twenty-four hour cable news and the Internet have made it impossible to think of anything else.
Conservatives are beginning to believe what the Tea Party folks have been preaching: the only way to fix it is to break it. Shut down the government, ignore constitutional direction, whatever it takes to stop the insanity.
Ironic, don’t you think? Most political watchers and predictors were ready to hand over the Presidency to the Republicans this year. The nation gets weary after eight years of any administration and the bench for the Ds was not very strong. So, by 2017 the Rs would have control of everything…clear to lay a conservative path to the future. Not so fast.
Zero tolerance for compromise. Just say no. Our way or the highway. Some of our own Rs have actually reached across the aisle. Kick ’em out!
Then along comes Mr. Trump. A voice to all the frustration, even if it is a little on the crude side. He won’t put up with all this foolishness. Why, he will close the borders, build a wall, patrol the neighborhoods, and he has a good brain.
Break it indeed. How many times have we heard that democracy is not perfect but it’s the best in the history of the world. Messy. Frustrating.
Congress…any legislative body…is designed to create a governing body that represents all its citizens. Left, middle, right, apathetic. It is designed to debate the issues in public with the hope of finding common ground. While you would not think it by listening to the roar, most of the time it works. When it does not…compromise must serve the people. Not perfect for anyone but better than it was. The debate will continue…
So, what do we do in the meantime? A lot of listening wouldn’t hurt. All frustration has truth within it. Listen, probe, share. The media could help if it would drop the reality show fascination. Forums, town halls, bringing diverse groups together. We produce our best when we understand each other. Blacks, whites, Christians, Muslims, citizens, immigrants….even Republicans and Democrats.
We can get through this. We just have to remember who we are. A nation of diversity.