A Democrat Just Nailed Whats Wrong With Our Politics
Politicians, being responsive animals by nature, do what they believe gives them the ability to get reelected: Stay in a bunch and prevent taking literally any risks — such as working. Heck was a part of the public impeachment hearings as well as the closed-door testimony and is a part of the House Intelligence Committee.
Which means that he had a chair at the very first stage of the impeachment proceedings. And him depressed. Deeply.
As has been observed, however, to a extent he is a symptom rather than the cause or at least the cause.
The truth is that civic discourse began degrading before him. At times, it is as though there are no rules or boundaries. Success appears to be measured by how many Twitter followers one has that are gained by saying ridiculous things, the more personal the better. There are too many adjectives and nouns. Civility is outside.
Compromise is outside. All or nothing is ” Rep. Denny Heck’s statement Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress at the close of the year was worth noting, but not terribly interesting.
The way the Washington Democrat did it with a Moderate post that detailed in often searing terms his frustrations with a broken political system — is a lot more newsworthy. Along with his analysis of what is wrong with Congress — and politics more generally — is dead on.
Heck is right that Trump didn’t create our heightened rhetoric and our current polarized country.
And he right — if that is something — about social media, and of course everything else, TV ratings, page views and book sales, rewards extreme statements rather than attempts to locate common or middle ground.
What Heck is saying in his retirement announcement that is is that by adhering to the demands of party bases, getting reelected just isn’t worth it.
That for men and women who came to attempt to get things done, it’s a place to be.
In the spirit of openness that is absolute, a part of me is discouraged. The hours I’ve spent in the investigation of Russian election interference and the impeachment inquiry have rendered my soul weary.
I will never understand just how many of my coworkers, in several ways good people, could ignore or deny that the President’s unrelenting assault on a free media, his vicious character assassination of anyone who disagreed with him-and his demonstrably very distant relationship with the reality. And voters have responded in kind.
While they say they want leaders in their celebrations to work with the other hand, the fact is that compromise is understood as a capitulation from the bases of both parties.
There’s not no incentive to work together, there is a disincentive to do this — it is very likely to draw you a primary opponent who casts you as insufficiently faithful to the party’s principles.