The nature of politics hasn’t improved over the past few decades. I’ve been interested and participated with more than just voting since the 70’s, but I’m growing weary of the acrimonious remarks and the immature, hostile, finger-pointing, lack of civility and downright dishonesty.
A casual observer might be persuaded to believe that a successful campaign is one where the quality of the lie and the skill by which it is delivered, determines the outcome.
Even the Mafia has ethics, but the Democrats and Republicans, are a cut below, IMHO.
So where does this campaigning and promising lead us? There’s one Democrat, who has decided to drop out of the running, that’s also fed up with the lies and demagoguery.
Jim Webb dropped out of the presidential race and spoke about the importance of distinguishing real enemies from simple ideological disagreements:
“The other party’s not the enemy. They’re the opposition.”
Webb’s remarks may have been in reference to Hillary Clinton’s response during the first Democratic primary debate, in which she listed Republicans as one of her foremost enemies, along with “the drug companies” and “the Iranians.” VP Joe Biden also said the Republicans aren’t the enemy. So there’s some consistency in that message.
The problem in discerning fact from fiction are exacerbated by ideologues on both sides of the aisle. Quotes are purposely distorted and removed from context or rumors started, just to smear the other candidate.
“Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction . . ” ~ Mark Twain
We still have over a year more of this circus to listen or watch. Frankly, I’m tired of it now.