When Politics Eclipses Policy

In defense of a rash of guests who spouted radical right wing slogans and shouted over his attempts to question their demented ramblings, Chris Hayes once decided to defend, what to any rational person, looked like a stupid decision to have them on.

Basically, his rationale was: The democracy we live in only works, when we are in a constant state of debate. That, he claimed, is what makes it work. Well, that’s not the way I see it. In fact, it looks more like the symptom of a democracy that is falling apart. If all we do is litigate, argue and campaign, government stops working, chaos replaces order and uncertainty becomes a chronic pain we live with.

What makes a democracy functional, with all its messy organizational structure, is containing our debates to the campaign. When the campaign is over, the debate ends, we stop campaigning and start the business of governing. The focus moves from polarizing rhetoric, to analytical policy conversations about how to resolve the problems we face as a nation. We quit arguing and begin fixing issues. We evolve and grow.

In a successful marriage or partnership, when the debate is done, the partners pick a direction and pull together to achieve a goal. The Bickersons were not an example of conjugal bliss and commercialized media sensationalism isn’t constructive journalism.

About jackdetate

Married, 2 children, retired, enjoying unstructured time: "And then he drank a dew From a convenient grass, And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a beetle pass." ~ Emily Dickinson
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