Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Few Questions Prompted By Political Ineptitude

The past two weeks have illustrated how inept politicians can turn a superpower into a laughing stock. In such times one must turn to the Joseph de Maistre wisdom that has become a cliche: Every nation gets the government it deserves. To reach that conclusion, de Maistre drew this bit of Shakespeare wisdom to its logical conclusion: "The fault . . . is not in our stars,//But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

Applying both quotations to the situation at hand, one must conclude the American people are as politically inept as the people the elect.I have no answers, just questions that hopefully illustrate the point.

Question 1. Americans who watch Fox and listen to Limbaugh or Beck disagree with those Americans who watch CNN and listen to NPR not only about interpretation of facts but also what details constitute fact. Is it possible to govern when no one agrees what the facts are?

Question 2: There is no logical reason that a voter can not be both pro-life and pro-gun control. The two views are not mutually exclusive, and it's not inconceivable that a voter could believe that these are the two most important issues on that voter's personal agenda. Which political party can that hypothetical voter join? How about a voter who supports enhancing programs like food stamps but opposes the Affordable Care Act?

Question 3: Why do so many of the right excoriate liberals and so many progressives excoriate tea partiers but neither right nor left worries about the plutocracy that seems to be filling the political void?

Question 4: Does anyone really doubt that I'll be able to re-post these questions five years from now and they'll still apply? Actually let me rephrase this question, does anyone really doubt that America may have reached the point of no return and that five years from now the divides will be sharper, equally bizarre, and more angrily enunciated?

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