It’s true. Republicans didn’t do much last year to stop gun crimes. It’s also true that they never said they would, while Democrats spent 2017 double-dealing over gun violence. If the Democratic Party truly seeks justice for gun crime victims it needs to be fair and just about how it wants the law to be enforced.
How do we know where current events leave off and politics kicks in? Too often we don’t. It can take years for the truth about an event to come out. Sometimes we never discover the truth about what really happened. A perfect example is the Benghazi scandal. Politics won. The truth is likely hidden forever.
Politics turns current events into fake news
Politics distorts current events that can be leveraged. The right latches on when a criminal alien commits a heinous act or liberal protesters turn violent. As we witnessed after the violence in Charlottesville, the left will seize newsworthy opportunities to turn America into a nation of racist white nationalists. Too often when we hear about these things on the news we aren’t learning about current events. We’re listening to fake news and propaganda because media outlets, like politicians, have an agenda.
Truth in current events? Surprising sources.
When we want to know the facts about current events there is truth to be had. We just need to look for it. Often the truth is not nearly as entertaining as fake news and distorted rhetoric. That’s why federal transparency is a good thing. Agencies like the GAO, the CBO, and our federal inspectors general keep watch over our bureaucracy. They clue us in on what is really happening in Washington and how it affects us.
Events long and short
The Internet provides an electronic history of what our government does and doesn’t do, compiled for all to see. Some of our problems are always with us. The North Korean problem that is currently threatening a nuclear war has been with us for decades. Now it’s too late to fix it. The immigration issues dominating the news this year are a problem many presidential administrations and Congresses in the making. The Middle East is going to be a source of headaches until the end of time.
Current events can also be short-lived and opportunistic. The Trump Russia probe is fading away as other, newer events take its place. Debt and spending are dull, dry news unworthy of headlines until we fight over the newest budget or debt ceiling hike like we did at the close of the summer of 2017. In between these old mainstays we have new crises like hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Even these newsworthy natural disasters are worthy of politicking because there is money tax money to be doled out and fought over.
The current events category examines the headlines from a political perspective. There aren’t too many events worthy of our attention that don’t involve the government. If you want proof, go to your favorite media site. Read what’s at the top of the page. It’s all politics.
In most walks of life failure is a bad thing. The one exception is failure in politics. When government trips up it can be a good thing. From that perspective it’s hard to choose the biggest failure of 2017. Many political catastrophes played out to our benefit. A few hurt us. Republicans were the big winners but don’t give them too much credit.
Hateful was the winning buzzword for Democrats in 2017. Party members used it liberally and usually in conjunction with another word: Trump.
A lot of hateful from one congresswoman
This was a year where we heard about “hateful Executive Orders,”1 “hateful rhetoric, policies, and actions,”2 and “hateful policies that do not reflect our widely-shared values as a nation.”3
All of these came from one California Democrat, Representative Judy Chu.
Illinois and California have a lot of things in common. Many are not good, although we are told we must believe they are necessary and good for us. Both states tax too much so they can spend too much. They confuse the need to collect money with the values they try to force on their residents.
We had a lot on our plate this week. Even the threat of nuclear war from Pyongyang faded away thanks to a humanitarian crisis, tax reform, health care reform, and disrespectful football players who helped make this a memorable week in politics. Where to start with the amazing things we learned? Let’s begin with an evolving disaster in Puerto Rico and go from there.