Stop blaming Trump and Obama for driving us apart. Divisiveness in America is our own fault. It’s something we choose even though few benefit from setting us against each other. This is not the special province of Democrats. It’s not something created by Republicans or their fringe. Divisiveness in America is a phenomenon created by conflict politics because hatred and anger are much more efficient vehicles for change than unity.
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.
After everything you did to keep your incredibly dangerous personal information secure it’s out there for the highest bidder. Your loss and that of maybe half of the U.S. population just dumped a big new opportunity on a Congress that badly needed somebody to toss it a bone. Two hurricanes didn’t do the trick. We have to wait for reports of people neglected by FEMA before lawmakers can have some fun with Irma and Harvey.
If there are any stories of people being refused rescue in Houston because of who or what they are, we haven’t heard them. White nationalism didn’t overwhelm the relief effort. Racism isn’t deciding who gets saved and who doesn’t. When a natural disaster like Harvey strikes the petty, mean-spirited congressional attacks on our country’s character are put in perspective.
Are white supremacy and police shootings a national scourge or a symptom of unethical politics? The rapidly growing liberal obsession with white supremacy seems like a completely different issue from the occasional police shooting that carried the Democratic Party through the end of the Obama administration. Rest assured they are one and the same.
Police Training Act a clever twist to cutting JAG funds
Does it make sense that it’s OK to withhold money to punish the police but not OK to withhold money to enforce the law?
Remember the criticism leveled at George W. Bush for sitting in a Florida classroom after hearing the news of the 9/11 attacks? He was accused of indecision and not knowing what to do. Years later he is still blamed for not reacting differently, though it’s hard to imagine that leaping from his chair and sprinting for the door would have been treated fairly by his critics.