Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of rhetoric in the newspaper, Internet and television news that is rather childish where maturity and discipline should be prevailing.
I’m talking about the name calling and finger pointing that we are seeing way too much of in the political arena. It has been getting worse, year after year, like peeling paint, but recently we are seeing an overload. We’ve reached “too much.”
Thankfully, the recent recall elections are over with. The phone has finally stopped ringing. No more television and radio ads with political parties calling names and pointing fingers. But beware, there is more to come. There was the fiasco in Washington, D.C., where both parties continued to blame the other to the bitter end for not being able to reach agreement to keep the country from default. And, although they managed to keep the toilet from flushing for awhile, there is more to come.
Then, we have the traveling Republican circus beginning its road show in Iowa. I’ve always been amazed at how presidential candidates, both Democratic and Republican parties, can get into that, “You’re an idiot,” “No, you’re an idiot,” name-calling game during the primaries but once a ticket arises from the party, they all band together again. How entertaining. But it’s not just happening in the major leagues.
It’s even going on in the County Post. Week after week in the letters to the editor I read the same old rhetoric from the same old names playing the “You’re an idiot,” “No, you’re an idiot,” game with each other. Entertaining at best, but when it loses its entertainment value, it’s pretty much worthless, that entertainment value is long gone.
It would be nice, and beneficial to us all, if the human thought and energy placed in these name-calling, finger-pointing games would be used for finding solutions to the problems we all face as a nation. Are we a nation of idiots or innovators? By observing the body politic and the way it is handling the crisis this nation is facing, I would think the former. But, I know it is the latter. Actually, I think it is both but each party thinks it’s the other who is an idiot. Who wants to admit that they are wrong? Certainly not the Democrats or Republicans. And
Perhaps what this great country of ours needs is a new political party, a Labor Party. A third powerhouse to combine the best efforts and ideals of the Democrats and Republicans, to turn the gridlock into a progressive movement. To take this country forward again instead of the usual three steps forward two steps back. A party that represents and considers the vast majority of Americans who are making a living for themselves, and who wish to better their lives, as well as those who have higher endeavors in mind. A party that can’t be bought and sold like stocks and bonds and is truly accountable to it’s constituents. Maybe I’m an idiot thinking that something like that is possible. But, I don’t think so.
All I know is we are facing yet another presidential election campaign and once again, I am facing the prospect of voting for the lesser of two evils. The Tea Party is too closely related to the Republicans for my comfort, the Democrats have not lived up to my expectations, and the Republicans are just too scary to be considered. Newest presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry has stated that he doesn’t believe in global warming. I may be an idiot, but I’m not stupid.
Kevin T. Schmoldt