What Happened to Civil Debate, Open-mindedness, the Ability to Compromise, and Getting Things Done in US Politics?

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   You know what, democracy can be messy. It sure can. When you look at history, there are plenty of examples of that. A democracy is made up of plethora of different people and viewpoints so that everyone’s not going to agree on everything. There will be disagreements. Political parties push their agendas and vie for more power. At times, arguments can get passionate and quite heated. Again, if you look at the past, there are plenty of examples. The problem these days is that divisions and severe partisanship have gotten dangerously extreme.
   If you look back at the 1980s and 1990s in Washington DC politics, sure, there were plenty of disagreements and battles in Congress. But there was also compromise and bipartisanship as well. Republicans and Democrats in Congress could sit down and hash out compromises to get things done. Senator Ted Kennedy for example was very liberal and quite passionate about his views, yet he could also sit down with Republicans and hammer out a deal to get legislation passed. While neither side got everything they wanted, in the end, they would get legislation passed for the good of the American people. Sure, it wasn’t perfect. But they were able to get things done much better than today.
   Even before Donald Trump took office, political divisions were getting pretty severe, and then when Trump took office, they got much worse since he made a point to encourage and exacerbate divisiveness. We’re seeing political extremes who don’t want to compromise, and while both parties have been guilty of this lately, the Republicans have gotten much worse about it. A disturbing example of this is the statement by Texas Republican Chip Roy when he said that he would “oppose almost everything that Congress does.” He clearly means that he intends to try to stop any significant legislation that is proposed by the Democratic majority in large part to try to increase the chances of Republicans gaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. And Roy is not the only one guilty of this. Mitch McConnell for some years now has been going out of his way to obstruct and stop legislation proposed by Democrats in his obsession to try to gain and hold a Republican majority in the Senate. Since he is the Republican leader in the Senate, he is essentially trying to gain and hold as much power as he can in that chamber.
   It seems that too many people in Congress are showing more loyalty to their party than to the United States Constitution and the American people as a whole. And in the Republicans’ case, too many are bowing to the authoritarian style whims and demands of Donald Trump as well. This goes against what Democracy is supposed to be about.
   I’m not one of those people that glorifies the old days so to speak. While I think history is fascinating, it is important to be honest about the past and try to understand the good, the bad and the in-between. But one thing I will say is that we need to regain the ability to talk to one another, to listen to one another, to be open minded, to compromise, and to get things done. Both Democrats and Republicans need to do better in this regard. Furthermore, in the Republican Party’s case, they need to separate themselves from Donald Trump and his dangerously authoritarian tendencies and lies. Democracy frequently requires compromise because of the diversity of society. Everyone needs to remember that it’s more important to stand up for the United States Constitution, the American people, and Democracy than be blindly loyal and follow a particular political party or individual. Too many people these days are essentially being more loyal to their political party (and in many Republicans’ case, to Donald Trump) than to the United States Constitution. This trend is not only disturbing, it’s dangerous because history is full of examples of things like this and how they can lead to authoritarianism and dictatorship.
  

Too Much Bullying In Politics From Across The Spectrum!

   I know emotions are running high with regards to politics these days.
   Yep, sure are.
   Thing is, with the Internet and Social Media, people have the ability to share views and interact with others on a scale never seen before. Add to that the outrageous rhetoric and actions emanating from Donald Trump and you have a recipe for bullying behavior to become a growing problem.
   And folks, it is a problem.
   Some members of the far right and far left have been getting particularly nasty and insulting to people who don’t share their views. Elizabeth Warren acknowledged receiving such insults from some Bernie supporters.
   But bullying is a problem across the spectrum.
   And it needs to stop!
   Keep discussions and debates healthy, honest, and respectful. Don’t spread outrageous rhetoric that may be exaggerated or totally false. Just because you want to believe it, doesn’t mean that it’s true.
  Treat people, even those who disagree with you, the way you want to be treated. Remember that this is a diverse nation and most people are not going to agree with everything you believe.
   And when someone treats you badly, be strong and try to take the high road. If you respond, be calm, clear, honest, and thoughtful. Don’t lower yourself to their cruel level.
   Let’s strive to bring decency and respect back.
   It should be possible to disagree with an individual and still be friends.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/03/06/elizabeth-warren-condemns-bullying-bernie-sanders-supporters/4972959002/

4 Prosecutors Withdraw From Roger Stone Case After Being Undercut By Higher Ups

Seeing how 4 Federal Prosecutors have withdrawn from Roger Stone’s case after higher up Department of Justice officials undercut them in sentencing, it sounds to me like Attorney General Barr and possibly others are following Trump’s wishes to go easy on Stone who is Trump’s friend.

If this is true, it is at the very least disturbing and in my opinion highly unethical. The DOJ is supposed to be more autonomous from the White House than other departments. It’s supposed to mete out justice fairly and impartially without White House interference.

Undercutting the Federal Prosecutors running the case in order to give special treatment to a Trump crony goes against what the DOJ is supposed to stand for. That is not impartial justice.

In my opinion, it sounds like gross favoritism and probably flat out corruption.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/politics/roger-stone-sentencing-justice-department/index.html