In THE STATE OF OUR NATION’S SOCIAL FABRIC IN 2019 — PART 1, we examined the meaning of an expression, the “social fabric”. Now we will consider the events of 2019 and evaluate whether they either helped to heal or further frayed our nation’s social fabric.
The Impeachment of President Donald Trump
What is the impeachment of President Donald all about? It means that a substantial percentage of the American people still refuse to accept Trump as our president. Because of the fear and animosity we have for each other, we see articles like this one, Commentary: Americans are at each other’s throats. Here’s one way out. (chicagotribune.com). The author of this article essentially discusses the same problem that Shapiro addressed in Part 1 of this series, but the author of The Chicago Tribune article wants us to believe he has the solution. What is his recommendation? We are suppose to tell each other not to hate.
How will telling “other people” not to hate work? What purpose does telling someone not to hate serve? Who is going to believe it is wrong to hate unless they already believe it is wrong to hate other people? What good does telling someone who already knows it is wrong to hate other people do?
Think about how that article starts.
For a brief moment this month, we started to hear the proper words to describe what is happening in U.S. politics. Not the usual, safe and tired words like “polarization” or “incivility.” But more accurate words.
At a news conference ahead of the impeachment proceedings, a reporter for a conservative outlet asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., whether she “hates” President Donald Trump. She rebuked the reporter, denying that she hates anyone. Like many questions lobbed at politicians as they walk away, that one was a trap. But it made me wonder what would have happened if the same question had been asked in a different way, not with malicious intent but with genuine curiosity. (continued here)
Did the reporter who asked Pelosi if she hates Trump ask her a legitimate question? Judge for yourself (see Pelosi Snaps At Reporter Who Asked If She “Hates The President” (realclearpolitics.com)). How was Pelosi “trapped”? Instead of simply saying “no”; Pelosi said “no”, castigated the reporter, and then enumerated her grievances with Trump. Did she deny she hates Trump or try to justify it?
What was the reporter who asked Pelosi if she hates Trump offense? He was politically incorrect. The news media famously favors Democrats. Therefore, most of the news media insist that it is politically incorrect to ask a Democrat if they hate anyone. Because of their bias, most of the news media would have us believe only Republicans hate anyone. So, we have to ask. Is the point of the article is to remind Democrats to tell Republicans that THEY are not suppose to hate?
Given Pelosi’s response, it is probably pointless to tell “other people” not to hate. It justs makes them angry.
So, how should we react to the impeachment of Donald Trump? We should be angry because Congress is not dealing with substantive issues. We should be angry because our news media won’t properly inform us. Instead, partisan politicians and a partisan news media is too busy trying to destroy our president.
Consider some of the issues we should have been thinking about in 2019.
- Spending by Congress. Under the coverage of the impeachment controversy, with virtually no public discussion, Congress passed a huge spending bill in December.
- Immigration policy. We have millions of people (perhaps tens of millions) in our country illegally. Instead of calmly discussing what to do about the matter, we feud. Even though it is illegal, we have politicians encouraging illegal immigrants to vote. To get some control over our southern border, Trump had to go to a foreign power, Mexico, instead of Congress, for help.
- Crime. Government’s primary task is to maintain justice. Instead of maintaining the rule of law and keeping dangerous narcotics out of our country, our leaders and the news media feed us impeachment stories, hate crime hoaxes, and gun control paranoia.
- Foreign policy, including trade policy. The United States is the world’s number one superpower. What our government does with respect to other nations should reflect the desires of the American people. Instead, we have corrupt politicians selling us out. Their crimes need to be investigated, not Trump’s sometimes stupid tweets.
- Constitutional Government. We have massive disagreements over freedom of religion, the power of government to protect us from inappropriate discrimination, and how to run our schools. Unfortunately, instead of calmly discussing the issues, our politicians and the news media are trying to destroy their opponents. Imagine when the time comes for Trump to appoint the next judge to the Supreme Court. The hullabaloo in 2018 will probably pale in comparison.
To be continued.