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.”
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.
As our divisive politics continues to drive Americans apart this post will just get longer. The newest update asks a very troubling question: why did the man who promises to heal America use Wednesday’s events at the Capitol to stir Democrats’ divisive pot of racial hate?
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.
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.