I wrote this blog last week on the plane coming back from moderating a political debate. The objective was to talk about politicians working together. But, I have to digress a bit to talk about some of American’s lack of respect for each other and the political system. The recent protesting made America look ridiculous. And, for those who wanted to stop Donald Trump from having his rally, they shot themselves in the foot. Over the last couple of days, Donald Trump has received more media exposure than he would have if he had the Chicago rally. Like it or not, he gained more supporters and free media exposure. The end result, grown adults yelling at each other and resorting to violence. This is not what our political system should be about. But, let’s get back to what it should be about.
Imagine this – Republicans and Democrats working together to make our country better. Sounds like a novel idea, right? It’s how the system should work. But, let’s be real…it doesn’t. Between the mudslinging and negative campaign ads, it’s going to get worse over the next eight months. And it’s not going to end in November. The blame game will continue until politicians listen to the American public. But, let’s go back to that happy place for a moment.
I recently moderated two debates with three national known political figures, Karl Rove, Howard Dean and Jim Messina. The political experts are on different sides of the fence, but they actually agreed on some issues. When I was writing the questions and planning for the debate, I expected a lot of back and forth with a couple of party jabs. But, it was not like that at all. Yes, they disagreed on some of the key voter issues, but there were things that they all agreed on. They all believe that whether we have a Republican or Democratic President, the Affordable Care Act will remain, but it needs to be fixed. They also feel that politician’s need to do a better job communicating with the millennial generation. What worked eight years ago does not work now.
Of course, Donald Trump was brought up. Democrats, Messina and Dean are loving that Trump is leading in the polls. While Republican, Karl Rove is very vocal about his dislike of the Presidential candidate. He says that there is still time for another Republican candidate to jump ahead.
But, back to playing nice. It really was a breath of fresh air to hear all three political experts agree on some issues. I heard the same thing from those attending the event. I was stopped throughout the evening by people saying comments like, “Wow, if all politicians could actually think like that and work together like them.”
According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, only 19 percent of Americans say they trust the government “always or most of the time.” At both debates I heard from countless highly educated people say that they have lost faith in the political system, but after the debate they were inspired by Mr. Rove and Governor Dean. The overall consensus was that if only all politicians could act this way, “things would actually get done in Washington.”
We can all agree that America is in serious trouble. From a budget deficit and healthcare costs to threats of terror and drug addiction, we have major crises on our hands. How will the politicians fix it? How can these issues get resolved if each side refuses to budge and is set on their own agenda? If anyone can answer these questions, you are a genius
Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, you want things to get done. You want things to change. But how can we get to a place where there isn’t such a major divide? I believe that it’s becoming even more divided. What do you think? Is there divide becoming bigger or is that just how politics is supposed to be? I would love to know what you think.