"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Monday, November 01, 2010

Politics in the ADHD Age

Americans, as a group, appear to suffer from extreme ADHD.  We run back and forth between political parties, swinging the country left and right, left and right, never allowing one party or the other enough time to solve the complex problems our world presents.  We want quick fixes and easy answers to problems that cannot be resolved with a Tweet.  Look at this chart

The nation is set to swing back to a party that, for the 8 years preceding 2008, managed to run up enourmous debt, get us into two unwinnable wars and divide the nation into haves and have-nots the likes of which we haven't seen since the 1890s.  And yet, in our ADHD frenzy, because Obama and the Democrats weren't able to solve these nearly insoluble problems in 2 years, we're on the verge of handing the wheel back to the party that trashed the nation in the first place.  WTF???

1 comment:

Tesseract said...

I want to start off by saying that text is a horrible medium for having 'charged' discussions. Tone of voice cannot be easily ascertained. Know that I'm trying to open a civil dialogue here, and not trying to open a flame war.

The 'new' GOP won their majorities in 2010 on a platform of fiscal responsibility, which seems to be including a cut to foreign engagements. These changes came about because of the Tea Party base that they now cannot ignore.

They won against a party that advocated spending more to bring spending down. They're planning a long-term solution instead of short-term patches. Time will only tell as to whether they stick to it, but they've been doing so so far.

Democrats across the board have been irritated that Obama wasn't able to deliver on promises he made to have these problems handled in 2-3 years. I voted for Obama in the primaries, but between February and November, Obama started promising too much. People were too blinded by what he WANTED to do to realise that it would be nearly impossible for him to do it in the short time limit he gave himself. He read the trend and tried to capitalise on America's 'voting ADHD'... but now he's come up short.

I find it interesting that after making this point, you're advocating recall of newly elected officials. Is this 'voter ADHD' only valid when it supports your viewpoint?