As I See It: Farewell 2018
There're only a few days left in 2018. If you were writing a novel or a screenplay and you included the drama and events of this past year, do you think anyone would take it seriously?
These two sentences were written on Dec. 13 to try and get my brain started in forming my final column for this year. You could almost write a book just about the events of this past week.
While much of what is going on in America today is the result of people hating one man, you can follow many threads in our society, economy and political system that have been woven into the tapestry that we call the United States today.
History lesson time. In President Washington's farewell address he wrote: "To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a Government for the whole is indispensable. No alliances, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute; they must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions, which all alliances in all times have experienced. Sensible of this momentous truth, you have improved upon your first essay, by the adoption of a Constitution of Government. ... But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish Government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government.
"All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party ..."
Let me emphasize that last point - political parties today have replaced the will of the nation with the will of a party. In spite of the pious posturing of both major parties and their leaders, they are not trying to continue a "government for the whole."
Washington also cautioned against regional differences and factions. The northeast and far west share little political, societal and economic characteristics with "flyover country." Even our governor-elect has spoken with some disdain about us rural folks prior to the election.
While they fight over who won and who should have won, they have all ignored an ever-burgeoning national debt made worse by government-by-spending-bills; a healthcare system the devil himself must have designed; an ever-more politicized judiciary that is used as a weapon instead of as an arbiter of impartial justice; and finally an immigration system that has become the continuous political super bowl of the past 20 years.
And all this is influenced by national media outlets that no longer report the news. They interpret, opine, spin, ignore, over-emphasize, misrepresent, sensationalize and smear at will as deliberate accomplices of social and political factions.
We adopted a timeless Constitution. We won't take the time to follow it.
That probably won't change next year.
Happy New Year!
Well, that's the way I see it.