Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sorry Mr. Obama - Our Politics is Not Broken

Sometimes you can observe a situation and draw a conclusion that seems obviously true. That is what many have done regarding the recent performance of Congress in the debate to raise the debt ceiling. It seems to be an obvious truth that our politics is broken.

This obvious truth is in fact not so. In fact, what occurred in Congress shows that our politics seems to be working just fine. The Great Charles Krauthammer says it.

The System Works
Precisely of the kind Washington (exhibit B) just witnessed over its debt problem. You know: The debt-ceiling debate universally denounced as dysfunctional, if not disgraceful, hostage-taking, terrorism, gun-to-the-head blackmail.

Spare me the hysteria. What happened was that the 2010 electorate, as represented in Congress, forced Washington to finally confront the national debt. It was a triumph of democratic politics — a powerful shift in popular will finding concrete political expression.
So, why the hysteria?
Notice how the loudest complaints about “broken politics” come from those who lost the debate. It’s understandable for sore losers to rage against the machine. But there’s no need for the rest of us to parrot their petulance.
Of course, go and read the whole thing. Dr. Krauthammer also discusses the political turmoil in Wisconsin (exhibit A). His analysis is not in the "follow the herd" mentality. You are not going to read this from anyone else, but it is true. He nailed it.

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