There was a time in the 20th century, before the Nixon, Goldwater, Gingrich, et al war on our constitutional democratic republic when America came first and there were trust and respect for math, science, objective news reporting, and other points of view and indeed there was an honor system and those that did not adhere were held in low regard. There were times when politicians were altruistic and could be trusted to do the right thing for We the People even if it meant the end of their political career. Winning elections, obstruction, and party-first pledges to not compromise have replaced trust, respect, and altruism and no one believes in the honor system any longer. When there was an honor system we were able to feel secure without the privacy-invasive Patriot Act and the world’s largest military. The rest of the world trusted and respected us and we were the honorable beacon of liberty and justice for all. Can we ever get back to that point? Will our mutually exclusive opposing parties who now nurture the seeds of distrust, disrespect, and dishonor allow it?
August 01, 2017