My daughter got into watching House of Cards, with Kevin Spacey. (SPOILER) She's at the point where his character was killed off, which she was looking forward to. Funny, even though we know they are characters, it's hard to leave the sins of the actor behind them.
I was watching a minute or two of the show, and a news commentator blasts President Underwood:
"I only care about one thing: Did the President make the country better, or did he make the country worse."
That got me. First off, that is the typical binary bullshit that got us into this mess. It's a net gain, or a net loss. Period. My side wins, yours loses.
If "my guy" advances "my agenda", it's a win. Simplistic, dogmatic trash. There is no magic bright line delineating "better" and "worse". It's a false dichotomy. And it's in place to divide us.
Now I'm gonna lose a bunch of you here, but stay with me: It's not the President's job to make the country better.
The President is just a man (or someday soon, just a woman). All politicians are simply leaders at best, but too often inept managers. They are not a prophet, messiah, or any other kind of moral guide. You are your own moral guide. As a people, we need to stop projecting on others. It's unhealthy and counter productive.
Now, I can hear the screams, "But, the President has all that power!" Ask yourself a simple question: Why?
Year after year, decade after decade, We the People abdicated our power to a bloated Executive. And the only choice to get our power back is to have "our guy" sitting in the Oval Office. There's that false dichotomy again.
Here's a novel idea: If you're really terrified of a single, morally-flawed man with that much power, work on limiting the office (instead of the man).
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is just the beginning. Sure, in 2020, you may get "your candidate" in office, that will cram their ideology down the throats of the American people. Then, the next election cycle, the other candidate will swing the policies wildly the other way.
Because they can.
Here's my dog in the fight: I believe in big people, and small government. The average citizens CAN take care of themselves. All this focus on electing your candidate to "make things better" only ends up "making things worse" for someone else. So the Democrats and Republicans can tag-team us into a stupor of dependency. The more we embrace this "Just fix it" attitude, the more broken it will be.
Ironically, there are a few doctors in Congress. All of them have forgotten the Hippocratic Oath.
Especially that "...do no harm" part.
Reminds me of an ugly chapter in Vietnam. My Lai.
"In order to save the village, we had to burn it to the ground." Ah, the purifying flames of "change".