If you look up – you’ll see my ‘tag’ line as it were.
“Just because it always has been….doesn’t mean it always will be”.
In America, the Republican Party opened it’s arms wide for the tea part only to find that the teabaggers didn’t care about Government or Governing.
But the teabaggers did have a great media outlet – FOX.
So the teabaggers having taaken over a political party and assuring that victory by primarying anyone who disagrees with them and having the 24 hour a day access to the news cycle and millions of people who are too lazy or stupid to actually want facts….
We now face the very real possibility that Democrtacy is indeed in trouble…..
A great op ed by E.J. Dionne over at the National Memo.
WASHINGTON — ‘We know American politics are dysfunctional. But after a week of scandal obsession during which the nation’s capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about — jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education — it’s worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy’.
‘Our circumstances certainly have their own particular disabilities: a radicalization of conservative politics, over-the-top mistrust of President Obama on the right, high-tech gerrymandering in the House, and a Senate snarled by non-constitutional super-majority requirements’.
‘Earlier this month, the Transatlantic Academy, a global partnership of think tanks led by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, issued “The Democratic Disconnect,” a sober report by a group of distinguished academics’.
“Democracy is in trouble,” the report begins. “The collective engagement of a concerned citizenry for the public good — the bedrock of a healthy democracy — is eroding. Democratic governments often seem crippled in their capacity to deliver what their people want and need. They are neither as responsive nor as accountable as they need to be in an era of hard choices and rising nondemocratic powers. There is widespread concern about apparent declining rates of voter participation and about the alienation or disaffection of citizens from the political process.”
‘Since World War II, bouts of economic growth have allowed the democracies to buy their way out of trouble. One can hope this will happen again — and soon. In the meantime, politicians might contemplate their obligations to stewardship of the democratic ideal. They could begin by pondering what an unemployed 28-year-old makes of a ruling elite that expends so much energy feuding over how bureaucrats rewrote a set of talking points’.