For a long time, my biggest problem with the Federal Government has been its inability to get any meaningful work done for the American people. I attribute this problem to both major parties making their sole objective blocking all initiatives of the other party from ever getting off the ground. Each leaves no room for the option of sitting around a table and working out a compromise.
The “My Way or the Highway” approach does not lend itself to constructive work being accomplished. The reason this legislative practice became the all-encompassing objective for both parties is to position themselves for the next elections, which translates to senators and representatives keeping their seats, perks, money, and their place in the Aristocracy. For them, these selfish concerns out-weigh what we all learned in grammar school was the real job description of their office: Serving the People. It could not be more evident that they serve themselves, not us.
Looking at the current political environment at street level, I am saddened (and somewhat fearful) to see that We the People have seemingly accepted using the “My Way or the Highway” policy towards each other. We’re now alt-right Trump supporters or left wing Clinton liberals – no middle ground, or room for discussion. Street protests and rallies in favor of one side or the other are met with rowdy, sometimes violent opposition from the other side, often requiring police to be called into the fray.
We have become them.
I can offer no solution. Those elected by generations of voters have created their machine, and are keeping themselves in ownership of the government, and also our lives. You’ve heard me say before, I hate both sides of the aisle equally. For me, the two presidential candidates left standing after the last party national conventions are shameful examples of what has come to be. It would have made no difference who won, we’d still be in the same hateful state we are now.
If you got this far into this post, take a minute or 2 and view this older post. It’s a little naive and wishful, but is a companion read to this one.
This week’s top news stories included Donald Trump Jr.’s mention of the gas chamber in a speech he made supporting his father. After searching the web and reviewing the context in which it was used, I wasn’t sure it should have been immediately targeted as “Nazi” anti-Semitism referring to the Holocaust, causing the Anti-Defamation League to demand a retraction.
When I was under 10 years old in the 1950s, I can remember playing cops and robbers with my neighborhood pals and the gas chamber was a common threat or promise to the “bad guys” in this activity. We were old enough to have heard the phrase used on television, in comic books, and in our elders’ discussions in reference to criminal activity. We were thankfully too young to have any knowledge of the atrocity of the Holocaust, or grasp the concept of Anti-Semitism. The gas chamber was just an American thing.
I was almost able to accept the younger Trump’s explanation that he used it in the “American” sense – as an acceptable means of capital punishment in our country (as early as 1921). Why didn’t he reference the hangman’s noose, firing squads, the electric chair, or the gurney?
I now think my early assessment was pretty naive. Given the rabid history of the Trump campaign, the odds strongly favor the use of “gas chamber” being intentional, to bring about the press response it received. It was another instance of the Trump campaign’s strategy of making outrageous and inflammatory statements daily, to bolster the likelihood that the Trump name would be at or near the top of the day’s “big stories”.
Another striking example of big media’s true charter, that ratings and the profits they bring are all that matter.
This post is aimed squarely at the wealthy and arrogant self-proclaimed aristocracy, in government or not, that is running the United States of America. Your bargained wealth and political power has successfully locked up enough principles of democracy to where one of your rights is the sole privilege of deciding who can run for office, and who cannot.
Well, you messed up this time around. This is evident in the slate of those left in the current race for President, as of this post date.
Sanders? He may be the most sincere and well meaning of the lot, but your stranglehold on the legislature would make him powerless should he actually win office.
Clinton? Her history from the beginning of her political career carries severe trust issues, and her “friend of the common folk” shtick is downright laughable. If elected she will play her same script, investing more time lining her pockets and kissing Wall Street’s ass than being truthful and keeping promises.
And Trump? Not your choice I’m sure, but you’re to blame for what he’s accomplished thus far. His supporters are the Americans you have ignored the most. They hate you more than you can imagine, not any more than I do, for your lack of concern for the working class and your childish refusal to compromise with each other to get any real work done in governing. They are supporting this bigot and total ass solely to prevent any candidate you present from sustaining the status quo. I can’t argue with that reason, but also can’t support Trump any more then I could support Adolph Hitler or Bozo the Clown.
To the Republicans among you aligning with the “Conservative Christians”, you are hopefully learning that sleeping with those that put their religious beliefs above proven science and established laws is not helpful to your goals. Yes, they should be free to practice their faith as they see fit. No, their beliefs and strict definition of morality should not be declared law over all Americans. Conservative Christians will never be satisfied until missing church on Sunday is a mid-to-serious felony and our Constitution and Bill of Rights are rewritten to line up with their strict interpretation of the bible. And like Barry Goldwater warned us and has been viciously evident, they do not compromise.
Be aware that the Christians you are ignoring have faith, are believers, and have families. They participate in the rites regularly but are more selective as to which condemnations they accept as moral law. Some of these families, and families they care about, have sons and daughters that your Conservative Christians are targeting to have unpleasant lives. Your Christians may stop short of branding the foreheads of these sons and daughters with big red S’s for “Sinner”, but their intentions are all too clear – nonacceptance, banishment, segregation, criminal status.