I shouldn’t have been surprised at the vitriolic level of response to Justice Ginsburg’s death, but I was. Even for the progressive left of US politics, this has taken “low” to a new level, and promises to lower that level to unheard-of depths over the next few weeks. I’m not looking forward to the nomination proceedings for her successor – and I hope the candidate is prepared to be raked over the coals all day, every day. I wouldn’t like to be in their shoes.Responses to left-wing hysteria over Justice Ginsburg’s successor — Bayou Renaissance Man
Peter makes some thought provoking comments. I picked a few, and added a few remarks of my own, but do go and read the whole thing.
This bit here pretty much says it all as far as I’m concerned.
I distrust both major (and all other) parties equally. None of them are putting the needs of this country first. Instead, they’re all fighting for what’s good for them, rather than the nation. Their every action is predicated on “What will the voters think?” rather than “What does this country need?” Principle has long since been abandoned in favor of profit – the more profit to them, the stronger the “principles” for which they fight. (Note the net worth of politicians when they enter upon elected service versus when they retire from it.) Money talks a lot louder to most politicians than what is good, or right, or constitutional.
Once, long long ago, our representatives were not career politicians. They were our neighbors. Statesmen. I don’t know when it started to change. If I had to guess, I’d say it had already started to slide by the 19th century. By the 20th Century career politicians were so ensconced that Hollywood could show how pointless it was for a “Mr. Smith” to Go to Washington.
It should not have happened, and the fact that it has speaks very poorly of us, the American electorate. If we, individually and collectively had a constitutional spine, we’d have elected a better quality of Representatives and Senators and Presidents, to make sure that they “toed the constitutional line” and didn’t weasel out of their obligations. We failed in that responsibility; and now the politicians we elected are reflecting that failure as they ignore their responsibilities. It’s basically our fault for electing them. We allowed spineless self-seeking jellyfish to legislate our future – and just look at the job they’ve done! We’re all suffering under it now, and we have no-one to blame but ourselves.
I could not agree with him more. We did this. Our ancestors may have started the ball rolling, but we’ve kept it going; allowed the divide to grow wider. Now that ball is rolling fast, maybe too fast. It’s getting harder and harder to keep up. I don’t know if it’s too late to stop it or not, I can only hope that we can slow it down. We need to, before the divide becomes a chasm that cannot crossed. It has already gotten so wide that it is hard to reach across.
Despite political differences, we can get along, and work together, and build an America in which all of us can live at peace with one another . . . if we choose to do so.
Amen, Peter. Amen.