The flu epidemic isn’t very glamorous. It’s difficult to get political traction from an equal opportunity disease that kills children, the fit, and the elderly and doesn’t have a clue about religion or skin color. No matter how bad this season gets, influenza just doesn’t have the appeal of other problems that push our hot buttons.
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.
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.
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.”