Blame it on the press
December 17, 2010
Our government is in trouble. But that’s not in the news. All the press covers is nasty politics which grows nastier in each edition. We need to go back to basics. Never forget that governments are run by flawed human beings. This is why it is said that our form is the best except for every other form.
Our founders hoped that voters would think clearly, objectively and act benevolently. Those dead white males believed that majority rule would be possible if well informed people of goodwill, who, after an honest debate, would tend to come to a consensus on important issues. And add the rule of law that all citizens, and rulers and ruled alike, are under the law and no one is ever above the law.
These basics shape the social contract in a civil society. Politicians are no longer interested in these things. For example, millions of people have been above America’s immigration laws for over a quarter of a century. Instead of fixing the broken laws, the pols are in a win/lose fight over amnesty and the country has no idea that the rule of law is losing. Politics is nasty and that helps sell newspapers.
Our form of government isn’t any more perfect than we humans are. The role of government is to try to get us to do better, which doesn’t work when the press helps the nasty politicians stay in the way.
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