The more I listen to political commentary, the more my feelings begin to move along the following lines:
I don’t need to see good politics. I’d be more than happy to settle for mediocre politics based on good logic.
By “good”, I mean “consistent”. And by “consistent”, I mean we abandon the assumption that politicians ought to be scrutinized according to some special standard that does not also apply to a homeless man, a grocery clerk, a stay-at-home mom, or the rest of us who hold ourselves accountable to something other than our own individual appeals to positional authority,
For any given course of action, If it’s illogical or unethical for individuals to do it, then it’s no less illogical or unethical for groups of individuals to do it. There is no such thing as a reasonable code of ethics if it does not apply to certain individuals because of their position, their persona, or their political party.
2 + 2 does not equal 5 if the 200 members of the U.S. Senate say it any more than it does if the uneducated man on the street says it.
Malcolm X once said, “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”
All too often, I seem to hear a different message from those who worship the political gods of modern mythology. It’s one that says, “It matters not to me what is being done as long as it is my guy who gets to do it.”