In recent campaign commercials, Democrat candidate for President Hillary Clinton tries to convince potential voters she can work with people on both sides of the political aisle. That is, of course, if she remembers she said it…
For some reason, Americans have become enamored with the idea of bipartisanship. Polling data continues to show people are upset with the gridlock and disagreements in Congress and want Democrats and Republicans to work together. That might go as well as putting Kanye West and Taylor Swift on the same stage, but gosh darn it, people like it. Then again, people also want Michael Bay to keep making movies, so there’s that to consider.
This phenomenon deserves a spot in Internet immortality with an entry in the Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week, and I’m even going to make it even more of an occasion by including an additional definition to the entry. (I know it’s not a lot to get excited about, but hey, you’re not paying for this. Unless, of course, you want to. Just sayin’.)
What the Left thinks it means: getting Republicans to do what they want
What the Left wants us to think it means: getting Democrats and Republicans to work together for the betterment of the country
What it really means: when the two major parties find a way for them both to make money and take power
Call me a cynic, but whenever the leaders from both sides of the aisle agree something is good to do, it makes me more nervous than having my taxes done by Wesley Snipes. Maybe it’s because a) neither major party has a vested interest in making things better, b) we’re dealing with politicians here, or c) with the current environment in Washington, such a collaboration is like a legitimate Bigfoot sighting. Speaking of which, has anyone seen Janet Reno lately?
To the average American, however, having Democrats and Republicans working together doesn’t raise any red flags. This speaks volumes as to the genuine hope America still has, and it makes me proud.
It also speaks volumes as to how naive Americans have become, which makes me shake my head. Think back over the past, say, 40-50 years. You might be able to count on one hand of the world’s worst butcher the number of times a Democrat/Republican collaboration has actually benefit the country. NAFTA? Nope! The US PATRIOT Act? Please. The authorization to use force in Kosovo? Oooooh, sor-ray. Not good, although al Qaeda sure appreciated the help with their drug trade on that one.
This isn’t to say Democrats and Republicans can’t or shouldn’t work together. What I’m saying is we shouldn’t automatically assume bipartisanship is going to net a positive result. Sure, it makes it look like they’re getting along and getting stuff done, but looks aren’t everything…well, except if you’re a plastic surgeon in Hollywood.
When the Left says they want bipartisanship, they mean they want Republicans to roll over like a dog that wants its belly rubbed. And, before you can say “Sit, Ubu, sit,” there are Republicans lining up to capitulate to the Left’s every whim. This is how the TEA Party and the Donald Trump for President movement got started, kids.
But instead of being straight with us, the Left preys upon people’s belief in bipartisanship to mask their true intentions. And, yes, I understand “lying Leftists” is redundant.
So, how do we fix the public perception? That’s a little harder to do when many online movements are worldwide, but only a hashtag deep. Perhaps the best way to address the bipartisanship issue is to be honest. If the effort is truly bipartisan and actually works well for the country, we need to call it out and give it the praise and attention it deserves. If the bipartisan effort is a cold crap sandwich, call it out to give it the attention and derision is so richly deserves.
As far as whether Hillary Clinton’s attempts to look and sound bipartisan are successful, time will tell. (Or maybe it will be Newsweek.) Either way, it will be worth watching if for no other reason than to see if Hillary can get out of Westworld mode and appear to be human, or as close to human as a Clinton can get without getting brought up on charges, that is.