It’s been a few months since my last post. Back in June I decided to stop writing about the duplicity of the press, the lawlessness of politicians, and the culpability of the American voter. It seemed to me that I was not providing no value – just whining.
So. I decided to focus and write on the policies and legislation. After about three months there is still no legislation or policies to write about. This congress must be setting records for getting the least done in any legislative session.
For some, the daily drama show passing off as our elected bodies is exactly what they want. Continuous attacks on the opposition party and grasping at straws in hopes of finding the silver bullet that will rid the nation of President Trump.
And therein lies the problem. The electoral process is designed to determine who gets to lead our nation, Senate and Congress. A handful of bureaucrats and party operatives living in the shadows do not get to speak for 327 million people.
As far back as I can consciously remember, Presidents have been attacked by the opposing party and the press. I do not ever recall a president so maligned by the press and opposing party as President Trump but his bombastic personality paves the way for the attacks.
That still doesn’t make it right.
I can understand the Democrats attacking but, in the past, there was always some modicum of policy differentiator at the root of the attacks. Today, we have attacks borne of disdain for the president. Congressman Adam Schiff, from California, blatantly lied on the record in Congress about the telephone conversation President Trump had with the Ukraine President. Afterwards he claimed it was merely a parody.
No. It was a strategic decision to mislead the public. It’s the same exaggerated tactic President Trump uses to mislead us when attacking his detractors or promoting his successes. The unfortunate thing is no one can believe anything anyone says in politics. We can all tell a politician is lying every time his lips move.
That’s a given. What was never a given – just a suspicion – is the inability of the press to be objective in its coverage. The selective perception shared by most reporters is frightening. The press is outraged that President Trump may have pressured the Ukrainian President to investigate Joe Biden for illegalities. The only evidence comes from an unidentified whistleblower that filed a complaint 18 days after-the-fact and only after the person met with Congressman Schiff. Meanwhile, there is video of Biden admitting he actually did pressure the Ukrainian government to ease off an investigation into his son but that is unnoticed by the press.
The press laments President Trump purportedly asking a foreign government to interfere with our elections but gives Hillary Clinton a pass. There is evidence that Clinton actually paid a foreign government to get dirt on President Trump. Again, no coverage in the press.
We can no longer trust the press and we never trusted politicians. The downstream affect is we simply listen to the people that agree with us and vilify the rest. That is not a sustainable model.
I am now convinced we need term limits for Congressman and Senators. We can no longer afford to have career politicians. In addition, their staffs need to turnover. I do not think we will lose anything in production. How can we? The only thing the staffs are doing now is sabotaging each other.
And this is where we have come to….a system that is crumbling under the weight of self-importance with the avarice and gluttony of power. Isn’t that what led to the Roman Empire’s fall?