The New Democracy
Hypocrisy is a forgivable sin in politics. Should it be?
Every time the last president played golf, we heard fake outrage from the same people who remain silent at the current president’s 13th time in his first 60 days, without question the defining days of a presidency and its legacy.
Every time the last president went on a diplomatic trip overseas, we heard fake outrage and fake numbers at the cost of that trip from the same people that remain silent on the current president’s trips to Mar a Largo. Costs of those trips are at taxpayer expense and hard to justify as a need.
The last president spent over 180 days trying to get the ACA passed though congress with bipartisan support. When it was finally brought to a vote we heard the fake outrage about how this was “forced and rushed though the process without a real debate”, from the same people who remained silent when the attempt to pass its very unpopular replacement though in 17 days with no attempt to bring any democrats on board with it.
When the last president’s citizenship and school records were laughably questioned, we heard fake outrage about more background checks and more vetting to presidential candidates from those who remain silent about the current president showing his taxes so we can verify he’s not financially benefitting from his power of the presidency.
My problem has been that I believed if you point out the hypocrisy enough, it would eventually set in to limit one’s outrage at others that you don’t do yourself or accept in the people you follow. Politics doesn’t work like that though. Politics runs with power and justifies the same behavior as the predecessor because their constituency will happily forgive them because they either never cared when they pretended to be mad before, or they will buy-in to the terrible talking points from the leadership on “why it’s okay to do that same thing now.”
Opinionated 24 hour news made this acceptable. Commentators can throw any bombastic statements they want with no repercussion when proven false and the parties have learned to weaponize the media. Any absurd statement is acceptable, unless you actually have an opinion that conflicts with the ideology of your side.
The opposition party has always held the job of fighting the leadership and keeping their power in check, but it has changed over the last eight years. With no ability to obstruct agenda, it served to obstruct credibility at all costs, even to the level of absurdity. It’s hard not to become apathetic in our political system, and yet apathy is what allows this to continue. Modern Democracy now relies on apathy to work.
“I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly: ‘They (jobs numbers) may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.'” -Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary.