by Rod D. Martin
April 4, 2014
The AP reports today that Hillary Clinton says excessive partisanship flowing through the nation’s political system is causing the U.S. to march “backwards instead of forward.”
Millions will agree. But should they?
No. Because the “partisanship” Hillary decries — just like the partisanship decried by every politician who decries partisanship — is really just disagreement with her. And what she’s really saying is, “shut up and let me have my way.”
Again, millions will disagree with me, and blather on about “the toxic tone” and assorted foolishness. In doing so, they forget that the issues about which people are especially “partisan” are the issues that matter most: will we fight this or that war, will the government take over our health care, stuff like that. And these things being more than a little consequential — as in, literally life-and-death for very real people — if there is any disagreement, it’s likely to be strong.
As it should be.
And we should rejoice in that. Strong disagreement in Washington means that the people’s ideas are being expressed and fought for, by people elected to fight for them. If Congress were singing Kum Ba Yah, an extraordinary number of people would be getting screwed: they would most certainly not be receiving the representation they voted for.
This is freedom. And freedom is messy. Too many Americans on both sides of the aisle have started longing for someone else to make their decisions, all in the name of “peace,” or as the Bible would say, “‘peace, peace’ where there is no peace.” This is the Anakin Skywalker solution. Too often lately it’s been the Barack Obama solution. Elsewhere in the world, everyone understands it’s just the fascist solution.
It’s good that Americans like “nice.” But politics is supposed to be a round-the-clock debate, about weighty matters of importance to the people represented. Hillary and other politicians of the left know that an absence of partisanship means an absence of discussion, in which their media near-monopoly will win for them, and their agenda will pass without opposition.
But it’s a little harder to understand why regular Americans would fall for this line. Are we still descendants of Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton or not?