In my boyhood, wading through “Bear creek” in rural Central Tennessee with my cousins hunting ‘crawdads,’ we often missed the stealthy creature because of muddy waters. If you’ve ever hunted creek crustaceans, you must get your hand under a rock and or flip it to see find your prey. When you do, the dirty bottom offers up a blossoming cloud that blocks your view.
So go the political waters these days, where partisan leadership leads to muddy streams and seeing bottom remains difficult! Patience is the only way to combat such a condition allowing the water to gently flow long enough for a clearing. More troubling are the rapids of our Republic, as liberal progressives push a populist message of socialism – not just muddy water, but damming the very nature of our Constitution.
The results of our current political scene are disgust among the public. While genuine debate and open discussion of issues are important, the petty wrangling and polarization of extreme thoughts have people tuning out. Voters have become weary over the constant harangue of political rhetoric, and I can’t say I blame them.
As an example, country music star John Rich’s new song, “Shut Up About Politics,” puts it like this: “Ain’t nothing but a big pile of dirty tricks, I’m tired of all the fighting and bitching fits, so shut up about politics.”
You may be nodding your head in agreement with Rich, as the song has apparently hit a nerve, becoming the No. 1 song on iTunes this past week. Rich says our country needs real action on multiple vital issues, but most people tune out on the “minutiae of politics.” People are interested in things like health care and health insurance, the border, the opioid crisis and overall drug use, the war in Afghanistan, revitalizing infrastructure and job opportunities, to name a few.
But it appears “gotcha” has become the game! “We’re caught up in the middle of a deep swamp fight, some people lie, some people steal, and everyone’s talking, ‘bout the Green New Deal,” Rich rhymes. He says people want to be part of the election process, but the ongoing bickering turns people off. They like what’s going on with the economy, but, as the song says about all the fighting, “it’s been going on too long.”
Likely his line about how to cope is what voters can buy into, “I got something to fix us all up, take a shot of my whiskey from a big red cup.” Well, obviously, I don’t agree with the sentiment to numb yourself from the problem, but I get it.
Yet the swamp fight continues, as in the collusion and obstruction charges against President Donald Trump. While the investigation is over, the ambiguity of Bob Mueller has muddied the water yet again. In an attempt to settle the muck, Attorney General William Barr responded in a recent CBS interview asking whether he knew that he would face accusations that he would be protecting and enabling the president.
“Nowadays, people don’t care about the merits or the substance,” he said. “They only care about who it helps, whether my side benefits or the other side benefits. Everything is gauged by politics, and I say that is antithetical to the way the Department (of Justice) runs, and any attorney general in this period is going to end up losing a lot of political capital,” Barr said. “And that’s one of the reasons I decided I should take (the job) on. At my stage in my life, it wouldn’t make any difference.”
Sounds to me like the attorney general understands the sentiment of a gentle flow; to allow the muck to move on downstream. In the meantime, Republicans can be assured that every effort is being made to do the work America needs, to remain Constitutionally sound for our future and cleaning up the swamp.
Greg DeLancey is the 1st District chairman for the Republican Party of Kentucky. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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