Our National Government is not working well. Our country has become very polarized, with both sides constantly demeaning each other.
"A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand" Abraham Lincoln
"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."Benjamin Franklin
"United we stand, divided we fall" Aesop
This division is due in part to the proliferation of TV channels where the stations align themselves with one faction. Their commentators incessantly villify the opposition. This drives up their ratings and profits. It is an unpatriotic thing to do and destroys our country from within.
This is also due in part to modern social media, where everyone can express an opinion and a great deal of intemperate and untrue allegations are made. Stoke the fires wherever possible.
Our enemies love this, and help stoke the fires with more disinformation. You can see their comments on blogs, where they scream at both sides, increasing the contempt for the "other".
What To Do About It?
We as citizens must become more intelligent. Make sure you don't just view sites you agree with. Get some fair and balanced information for yourself by forcing yourself to read some of your news and opinion from networks you do not agree with. And don't always discuss politics only with your own "choir". Talk to the other side with an open mind. And develop some tolerance for our government leaders. It is not an easy task.
The President and Vice President should be limited to one term only. This should help to limit the vitriol against serving officials. At present the opposition party does everything to demean the serving administration to damage them for the next election.
In our new setup both the President and Vice President become officially non partisan on election - not Democrats or Republicans, once they are elected. No more flying around on Air Force One campaigning - they are our civil servants and work for us - not their party or political friends. No more screeching at the other political party - they are leading our country and should focus on uniting our country.
The Vice President cannon run again for either office. If a sitting Vice President could run for President than the vitriolic attacks will continue. The Vice Presidency will become a job for older seasoned leaders who will understand that they will serve one term and can never again run for President or Vice President.
Most of the people who vote in our primaries are strong partisans. So the right nominates far right candidates and the left nominates far left candidates. And they punish those elected officials who work well with the opposition. So we have created a Congress that does not compromise or work well together.
Open primaries help this situation. Anyone can vote in any primary without party registration. This helps weed out the specially angry and divisive candidates who won't compromise.
The networks should be made to see that hiring "red meat" screamers is damaging the country. How to reduce that? Schedule more shows where you have a commentators from both sides. The Beltway Boys, Hannity and Combes, and the Firing Line were good examples. In those cases we saw people who had major disagreements but who could intelligently discuss their positions without screaming.
It would be interesting and a service to our country if competing networks would schedule discussion debates among their chief commentators. Say Hannity from Fox and Rachel Maddow from MSNBC. Air it on both networks. I think this might be good for ratings and good for the country.
I cannot tell you how many idiotic social media postings people send me. They are usual written by multiple people with no sources alledging outrageous charges without proof or references.
People need to be trained to disbelieve most of what they read on social media.
A circular firing squad is a reference to an organization standing in a circle and shooting. Everyone gets shot. This is not a good idea. It usually refers not to actual shooting but rather the gibes and insults routinely made by people of different political persuasions.
That is precisely what the United States is doing now. This has always happened but it particularly bad now.
Some of it can be humorous. But much of it is angry and cruel and lies and divides our nation.
Our enemies of course love this. Some of them aid and abet it with sophisticated campaigns to spread disinformation.
Social media adds substantial to the level of vitriol. People post outlandish things and many people believe these things and forward them to their friends.
Another term similar to the circular firing squad is the old fashioned pissing contest. Everyone gets pissed on. Best to be avoided.
United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Our country is very divided now. The right is angry with the left and the right is angry with the left.
I am disgusted by all of them. Why are we so angry?
We listen to our own media - back in the day there were only a few national TV networks and we all listened to the same political pundits. They tried hard to be fair and consider both sides of the question.
Now we choose our media - on the internet, cable, radio, etc. People listen to their favorite pundits who spend all their time yelling about the other side. The more they scream about how bad the other side is the happier their base is and the more money they collect.
And social media is terrible. I get emails all the time from people copying and pasting and forwarding the last outrage from the other side.
And our enemies love this. Watching our country hate each other. The Russians and Iranians are overjoyed. Russia spends a lot of effort stoking the anger - many of the hateful screeds you get on social media were created by them.
Is there any fix? Yes. Intelligent people should listen carefully to the arguments made by both sides. If you only listen to arguments from one side you are not very bright.
Is there any chance this will work? Not likely.
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The turnout was much higher in 2020 than in 2016. The "Blue Wall" States that flipped back to the Democrats were Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Two sunbelt states that are traditionally Republican, Georgia and Arizona, also went Democrat.
The election was not a repudiation of Republicans since the Republicans picked up seats in the House, although they narrowly lost control of the Senate. It was a referendum on Donald Trump.
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