A Cynic's Ire

We Americans have never been a people to invest our politicians with royal adoration. I believe it's good to hold a measure of skepticism about the people who govern us.  Today that healthy measure has gone overboard to fully brewed venom.  We come to view our political class as the enemy.  In a democracy, the venom is slow poison.  While more openly expressed on the right, it is endemic to the left as well.  We think we are caught in a zero sum game and demand rigid orthodoxy from our politicians to the point that the winners must conduct mopping up operations against the loser as oppose to dialog and compromise.  And the loser feel that they must embark on a program of delegitimizing those in power.  In all this belligerence, the art of governing is lost.  We live in the world of the permanent campaign.  The history of the world show new enduring governance by zealots.  At some point, the slogans must stop.  The only way that will happen is if citizens will drown out the noise and theater and reward politicians for doing the people's business instead of doing the people.
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Jan 23, 2013