Excerpt on Partisan Fatigue
On the Eve of the Kavanaugh Vote, Partisan Rhetoric Once Again Rules Supreme (3/3)
10/3/18, 8:49 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from AL.com
Is the FBI investigation being handled properly? Does Kavanaugh deserve the spot on the Supreme Court regardless of what happens in the next few days? Is Trump a shit-head for his comments on Kavanaugh’s accusers? (Short answer on that one: yes.) Did Blasey-Ford lie when she said she’d never helped anyone learn how to manipulate a polygraph test, and does that even matter? What implications can we draw regarding the allegations that third accuser Julie Swetnick is lying? Are there any implications regarding anything having to do with this whole mess just not that relevant to anything going on in the country as a whole right now? (Short answer: no.)
Yes, there is a lot going on, but it could be worse. A few days ago, I tried to look as best I could at both sides of this whole thing, and I couldn’t. I ended up more on the ‘Republican’ side, because the evidence seems to me to point to this thing being more of a political hit than a genuine raising of questions regarding an issue which needs to be discussed right now (as I said in the last one: #MeToo), but my mind could always change (I’d hope). All I’m sure of is that this is an issue with very clear dividing lines, and subsequently a great way for any power-hungry institution (be that power-hunger conscious or not) to assert its dominance over any other.
But that’s obvious.
What’s not so obvious are the personal, moment-to-moment events and obligations between every person in this country right now, both between each other, and between themselves. Much has been said, and in usually rather ‘amazed’ tones, about how divided Americans are on this issue, but is it really so surprising? The ‘left’ and the ‘right ‘ have been growing farther apart for over fifty years, and that’s on top of a country that wasn’t started under the most ‘unified’ circumstances in the first place anyway (after the war, of course) (i.e. it took ten years to write a twenty page document (that document being the constitution)).
Is it so surprising to see people capitalizing on the fact that ‘division sells’?? Is it so incredible to see people choose to view others as objects (Democrat, Republican, Fascist, Communist, Nazi, etc.) rather than actual human beings??? (And yes, that was a pun relevant to the core subject matter here (#MeToo) XDD). Is it so easy to put emotions aside, or emotions begot from facts, and to see people for who they are: flawed, unique humans, gender, race or musical preference coming second (but not in that order)????
No one has more of a right to emotion than anyone else, I don’t give a fuck which facts are on your side. Reality doesn’t care what your emotions say, nor how your facts may support your argument when the argument is one of such a complicated nature as this Kavanaugh shit. Everyone has their opinions, but it is when those opinions get in the way of seeing others as worthy of sympathetic thought, that partisan politics turns into fuel for war.
I’ll be glad when this is over, but the likelihood of the hysteria stopping I’ll admit is likely not very high…
Power politics is at play...