The recent Deven Nunes memo release sheds some light on very serious culture issues within our government and media.
The levels of bias between the two government parties is being raised to a potentially dangerous level given the constant us versus them behavior. I say dangerous because each opposing party is constantly trying to discredit the other with their political point of view and applying it to some very important legislative issues.
There seems to be no middle ground. There seems to be an attitude that one party is right on any given issue and that their counterparts are wrong.
How can 530 plus legislators all be wrong, according to their adversarial counterparts? How can their constituents and the citizens they serve be so wrong in supporting and electing them?
I was taken back by one of the comments that Nunes made during an interview with FOX news surrounding his relationship with his counterparts on the Intel Committee. He said that he has had to play whack a mole with them throughout the investigative process. To me those kinds of comments represent his level of maturity and a condescending attitude. It makes me question his intentions and agenda.
His actions are just one example of party bias in both parties. The democrat’s are not afraid to express their distane for any republican efforts. The republican’s are not afraid to express their distane for any democratic efforts. There is always gridlock present when it comes to furthering some very important legislative issues. When it comes to the President, it is a whole different world. Below are some bullet points that I feel offer some insight into why our government is so dysfunctional.
- We need to seriously take a look at what our congressional representatives are doing to further the agenda and important issues for their constituents. If you reflect on what they promised to do and what actions they are taking towards that end, you can see that some of them purposely or involuntarily fall short. In other words,they can’t or won’t fulfil their promises.
- Congress is a peculiar animal. Just think about the phenomenon that happens as soon as they get into office. They start working on the next election. That I don’t get. It is important however, to recognize that most legislators do the work of their constituents and thoughtfully accept responsibility for their actions relative to national issues. It is to me, unfortunate that those who don’t, negatively reflect on the affirmative and positive activities of those that do.
- The adversarial posture of some can at times appear to be juvenile. Just like in high school, many of those who represent us act like their popularity within their peer group is more important than their basic responsibilities. It is also sometimes obvious that we have law makers that have antiquated and obsolete points of view and principles. I think this contributes to why there is so much stealthy corruption, racism and good ol’ boy posturing.
- Sooner or later (hopefully sooner), the dysfunction of our two-party branches of government will come around to reflect the culture and needs of Americans today. I think that our government will also come around to respond to, and represent our commitments and mutual interests of our allies. The solution is obvious, we need to inject a more current open-minded roster of ladies and gentleman into our government. They will continue to need the mentorship of those who wield wisdom, knowledge and historical context in order to educate them an bring them into the fold. By the way, I am referring to those that know the mechanics of government and maneuver them to the benefit of the country.
- When we look at the media, there are several examples of inappropriate behavior. Watching some media coverage can be like a car accident. You weren’t involved, but you can’t take your eyes off of those that were.
- There is conservative media, liberal media, far right and far left media, conspiracy theory and propaganda media. Think about it, they all have listeners, viewers and readers who subscribe to their viewpoints and representations. That is the beauty of our country and the provisions of our constitution.
- There is also some in media who behave irresponsibly or debate a point of view just because they have a talent to manipulate their audience. It is kind of like an attorney. They are sworn to vigorously represent their client, no matter what the truth is. This is a common practice among those in media who pander to their audiences with the goal of improving them or their company’s bottom line. I personally believe that there is at least one member of the mainstream media who has abused his first amendment right and crossed the line to the point where he is meddling in our government processes. Often I think his actions can be construed as criminal (you know who I am talking about).
- With a couple of major exceptions, most media organizations succeed as a result of there responsible, research, knowledge and dissemination of information that is important to their audience. Like I say, with the exception of a couple of dangerous media operations, those that are effective are still in business, those that aren’t, are gone.
- incidentally, the “expert” contributors on some of these outlet’s panels are more amusing than expert. This is not to say that most aren’t fascinating, knowledgeable and informative. I am just saying that some are just plain out there. Sebastian Gorka is an example of one of the many that are just plain strange.
- What does “everyone knows this” mean when Trump speaks to a point during discussions with the media? Why does he run his presidency on the advice of a couple of people in the media? I can understand why he is critical of our institutions, he doesn’t know how they work. Why does he always say that our country is a mess? Isn’t he the maid?
- By the way, many talking heads lately, try to compare the crap that is going on today to previous administrations, especially Obama. At the rate Trump is going, he will be the benefactor of the worst number of scandals of all times by the end of his term. Of course, he will say that he had the fewest and less serious ever and the scandals that he did face, he fixed them himself.
If you are interested, this link will take you to a Wikipedia page that lists scandals by Presidents and Congressional men and women.