1973, Watergate. I saw Republicans speaking in support of the president and Democrats condemning him. But ultimately, what I saw was a search for the truth of what had been done. The great question was, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" When the truth surfaced, he had to go.
1/27/98: On "The Today Show," Hillary Clinton makes a startling accusation: " ... This is ... this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." A politically astute woman saying it was all what we now call fake news and I begin to see a great chasm forming.
Twenty-two years later, we have allowed a dramatic erosion in our political system. That chasm between Republican and Democrat has shut down our processes as legislators demonize opponents and shun bipartisanism. Senators openly state that as jurors in an impeachment trial they don’t need to hear testimony or question witnesses?! The Republicans pander to and enable a president who lies with impunity. The internet is an incubator for the presidents lies, Q-Anon, and others’ bizarre conspiracies gobbled up by people who refuse to fact-check.
Individuals blindly follow. They don’t care about the truth and arrogance is the norm. They say the pandemic is a hoax, and bully and insult vulnerable people who take precautions. This is the abyss we have dug for ourselves.
It’s time to face the truth, embrace integrity, and reject those who would hand us bigger and better shovels.
Marti Wright, Rossville