When politicians get personal, at best, nothing happens, at worst, nothing good happens. We are witnessing, and suffering the slings and arrows of Alinsky-esque, Pyrrhic battles among the old guards of both parties of the “swamp” and the “Neo-Alt-Populists.”
What earnest, stalwart citizens expect is honest disagreement and negotiation to get the nation’s business done. Instead we get messy, nasty, underhanded, duplicitous, deceitful, street fights by leaders of the traditional, two-party Congress and political elite intended to sabotage and neutralize the populist agenda. Instead, we drown in oceans of pure sewage, a woeful waste of time, money, and reputation.
Trump started this ad hominem warfare with schoolyard nicknames for his opponents and constant public comments on everyone and everything. But the swamp knows how to respond in kind. Undermining, demeaning, and slandering one another absorbs enormous energy and batters the already dwindling confidence of the public. What can we do with the barrage of bickering and dirty laundry?
I assign a giant portion of blame to the partisan, self-serving, faux journalists who constantly, gleefully, nakedly, shamelessly, and blatantly editorialize the mayhem. The growing competition for notoriety risks America’s reputation and wastes our resources and influence. Adolescent gossip has become the fodder for our herd of addicted commentators, who flood every form of information outlet, 24/7, with waves of “breaking news.”
I propose a ceasefire and a truce on public criticism, starting with the President. Take your bar fights out back; do not make us witness the ugly, monkey-dance posturing, angry barbs, and impotent jabs. Come back when you are done mauling each other, and you have made up with some workable compromise. We are tired of seeing how no sausage is made. We want to see and hear mature, decent people, doing what we elected them to do, with decorum and dignity.