I was listening to someone the other day that made a provocative point. It went something like: If you can’t pass bills in the American political system, then a culture war is what becomes of politics.
The thinking, as I understand it, is: If you can’t pass legislation, you can’t run in the next election on a record of success. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you ask your supporters to vote for you because of accusations that the other side is some combination of ignorant, stupid and/or evil.
I mostly applaud gridlock, because I rarely see the kinds of waste elimination / spending cuts, tax cuts, repealed laws or regulations, increases in individual liberties etc. that I feel will make a real difference. It generally feels better to see no laws passed instead of bad laws.
However, I also have a distinct distaste for political theater and I don’t feel that being at each other’s throats benefits society.
How could we stop this? It continues to be the same idea, in my mind. We must vote. Choose politicians that are calm, rational and commit to compromising with other politicians on both sides of the aisle, to make positive change.
We are what we tolerate. Let’s stop tolerating this culture war nonsense.
Just my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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