As I See It: Long division
"CBS Sunday Morning" had a great segment on its June 18 show. It covered a lot of political and social ground in asking many questions related to when the major divisions in our country really started and what is going on today that is fueling th...
"CBS Sunday Morning" had a great segment on its June 18 show. It covered a lot of political and social ground in asking many questions related to when the major divisions in our country really started and what is going on today that is fueling the fires.
And the most surprising aspect of this segment was that it was a pretty even-handed analysis.
The segment included an old interview with Pat Buchanan, a former Republican candidate for president, whose conclusion was the divide started with President Richard Nixon, the ending of the war in Vietnam, Watergate and the impeachment threat prior to Nixon's resignation.
I was in basic agreement with much of Buchanan's analysis other than to posit that the assassination of President Kennedy (I was a junior in high school) was my generation's loss of innocence in the societal sense.
Top that off with the buildup to full-scale involvement in Southeast Asia and my own increasing sense of patriotism while having to run the campus gauntlet of what we called, at the time, "the long-haired, pasty-faced, peace freaks," representing a really significant fracture in those generations.
If you think about today at our state level, where we have a governor who claims he was blackmailed by the Republican-led Legislature and he used that as the excuse to veto their operating budget. In my day, the teachers called that "crocodile tears."
Move on to the national level, and can anyone honestly say the news coverage related to anything President Trump is fair and balanced? I once heard the adage that if a person is making a fool of himself, let him or her alone. Too often nearly every reporter, newscaster and pundit feels obligated to point out their favorite instance of foolish behavior, which only serves to make them look foolish to President Trump's supporters.
The news headlines read, "Russians hacked our elections." The truth is close to, "Russians exposed Democratic National Committee's dirty little secrets." The real story that should be reported is middle class and middle America are tired of being patted on the head and told that everything is just fine while otherwise being ignored by the powerful elites in Washington, the northeast and California.
If you're a diehard Democrat and when you look in the mirror you believe in your whole heart and soul that Hillary Clinton would have been president except for the Russians, FBI Director James Comey and a few other baskets of deplorable miscues - and because of that belief you get to trash the elected president at every turn - you're responsible for the current division.
If you're a John McCain Republican who can't understand why any one of the far more worthy and seasoned "acceptable" candidates all fell by the wayside during the primaries - and because the president isn't really the standard bearer for the party, you aren't going to follow his lead in the swamp you've been swimming in for far too long - you're responsible for the current division.
I still don't know whether President Trump is an aberration or a portent of the future. I'm just afraid that because of the polarity of the two political parties and their antics in opposing him - with the media aiding and abetting their roadblocks - the citizens of this great country are going to be left out in the cold - again!
That's the way I see it.