An assassination attempt stopped by Capitol Police.
"Resistance" marches turning into chaos.
Masked thugs destroying public and private property.
Free speech being squelched, death threats, so-called "entertainment" in such poor taste that it boggles the mind.
On Nightside with Dan Rea, a local Boston radio show on AM 1030 I was listening to last night on my drive northward, the host asked whether the tone of our discourse could be changed and how should we go about changing it. As with many call-in shows, not much was decided, and many attempts at blame were tried. The host was heartened by the tone of both Republicans and Democrats immediately following this recent shooting, and hoped that it could continue. I tried to call a couple of times to put in my two-cents worth, but even with a three-hour window, I wasn't successful in getting through the dozens of other callers who were.
So here's my two-cents worth.
This isn't going to be fixed anytime soon, and here is why:
Our two-party system makes conciliation impossible, and neither Republicans nor Democrats have any incentive to change the system, because it is rigged in their favor.
By the very parties who need to change it.
Fat chance of THAT getting done.
And look, all you conservatives can bitch all you want about how most of this is being perpetrated by liberals and Socialists right now, but you had your share of hissy-fits during the Obama years - just not to the same degree. And I'm calling you both out, because you're both the crux of the problem today.
The fringe is ruining this country, because the fringe is running this country. Neither party allows any dissent in their ranks when you want to run for office; it's policy purity or you're thrown under the bus. Anyone who shows any moderation is shown the door, because it's the extreme left and right activists who populate the local parties and the nominating process. And extremes don't play well with each other.
Not only that, but once elected, you have to play to your base - your fellow extremists - if you want to stay in office. That's why Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Liz Warren see no upside in speaking out against the shooter, or the comedienne, or the actors who have clearly gone over the top. And it's why there might be some lip service in the next couple of days, but they'll quickly revert to their Standard Operating Procedure as soon as they can. And let's face it; most of these elected officials aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, but they all share one thing in common with each other regardless of party - the instinct to survive.
They're the cockroaches of the 21st century. And they're not going to lift a finger to get off that gravy train.
So we need to nudge them in the right direction, and the courts are the only way to do so.
Bottom-line, the courts have got to be made to understand that the two-party system as it applies today is a clear and direct threat to the survival of this nation, and is not in accordance with the original design of our Constitution. It's rules across each and every state for ballot access need to be abolished, gerrymandering needs to be made illegal and term limits need to be established for Congress and the Senate.
Once the extremists on both sides no longer have ballot protection, coalitions can be formed to govern, and civility will once again reign across this once great land.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.