John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, has coined the phrase “Stupid Watergate” and made the point that at least Nixon wanted the job and cared about doing it. I found a great comparison of the two Presidents from Inside Gov. Where a direct policy comparison wasn’t available, the site uses a scoring methodology to extrapolate that President’s likely position.
In contrast, the TIME website offers a historical context to the perspective where similar actions had dissimilar responses and results. Their message boils down to, in their own words, “… the nation was still ruled by a bipartisan political establishment that agreed on the essentials of domestic and foreign policy.” My translation: the political establishment expected the government to function effectively and acted in accordance.
I’ve never considered myself an activist or even politically active. As an adult, I’ve followed politics. But I also admit that I followed them more closely when things were going wrong. I think a lot of Americans share my pattern. I don’t think I have the impetus to become an activist at the age of 54. I surely admire individuals who have devoted themselves to reporting and changing the issues of the time (Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Gloria Steinem, Starhawk, to name a few) and they inspire me.
Fortunately, I never bought into “reality television” and am not completely enthralled and inactive. The closest I’ve come is watching Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers with my significant other. Since I’m crazy about music, I used to watch American Idol occasionally. I quit watching a few seasons before Simon Cowell left when I realized that the best contestants were not winning over the more socially acceptable. I sometimes share a season of the Voice with my mom, texting one another about the performances as we watch (we live about 2 hours apart). Currently, everyone is now watching reality TV since Trump is trying to run the country as thought it were yet another season of the Apprentice/Celebrity Apprentice. The problem (for him) is nobody, especially an incompetent President, has the kind of power or control and he can’t seem to comprehend it. I personally prefer the satirical version running on Comedy Central.
Ideally, President Trump would return to the April statement (below) and resign.