They say that there are no permanent friends or foes in politics. How aptly said. Regardless of what country you are in, there is some sort of political divide at work and it has been in existence for the longest time in human history. Despite this conflict, most governments still work because this conflict has evolved to become some sort of internal check and balance system to any nation. Most progressive countries have a healthy dose of debates, arguments, and verbal attacks amongst politicians that make the entire populace wonder how they put those people into office yet keep everyone on their toes.
If you look at the current state of American politics today, you’d be more than just amused. Although we all respect the decision of the majority, we can’t help but wonder what many of them were thinking when they put into office a total newbie with known racist tendencies? The country is plagued by a long list of problems that need urgent attention yet the new administration is busying themselves with issues that shouldn’t be the nation’s priority at all. The ruling party can’t even pass a healthcare law and it is infuriating President Trump for quite a while now that he can’t help but reveal his true feelings time and again by reprimanding Republican lawmakers in doing something about it.
The elite news media loves it when Republicans attack Republicans.
The leftwing reporters, editors, producers, television personalities, and analysts all find it exciting to watch Republicans try to damage each other.
If a moderate Republican attacks a traditional, more conservative Republican, the former is often lionized as a heroic figure for putting citizenship above partisanship.
Conservatives attacking other Republicans may not be applauded like moderates, but they are guaranteed to receive maximum coverage for their party cannibalism. So if you are a relatively unknown Republican, with a small online following, you can easily increase your name recognition by simply instigating attacks on other Republicans.
The entire nation is always the first-hand witness to the many gaffes today’s politicians make and they became some sort of a live circus act that everyone has to see day in and day out. Despite being a united front (somehow), Republicans aren’t always on good terms with each other and it is perhaps the reason why they seem weak to the opposing party, which in turn is used against them in Congress.
In a primary debate in February last year, with Jeb Bush standing near him on stage, Donald Trump said it anyway.
There were some boos on the night, but Trump won South Carolina by about 10 points and Bush dropped out of the race. Clearly, attacking fellow Republicans and their shibboleths was no bar to the party’s nomination. Perhaps it was the key.
Trump’s adversarial approach to his own party is the normal state of affairs, not the exception. He was always a non-ideological third-party candidate who happened to wear Republican colours, appalling its country club establishment. He saw himself as the leader of an extra-political movement. Tellingly, on Twitter, he refers to Republicans as “they” rather than “we”.
It’s no wonder the country is not making much progress when it comes to nation-building and addressing real issues that are urgently needed by the Americans today because the establishment itself is in chaos where party allies that should be each other’s support system are attacking one another. Then there is the president who still thinks like a private citizen and airs to Twitter his sentiments over issues of national interest. Where have you seen a country running that way? It’s only in America – a first-world country many people would point out. But the losing end here aren’t these politicians but the people of the state.
Let this serve as a lesson to everyone not to take politics lightly since we are basically entrusting our whole existence to public servants that are supposed to protect our interests and not use the authority vested unto them to pursue their own political interest. Regaining the greatness of America is a collective effort of all Americans and not just the duty of a few.