A fictional discourse between a political science Professor and his students.
“Good to see you all looking so alert and thank for putting up with the last four weeks of class. I trust my replacements bought fresh perspectives to you. There is so much going on between the Trump forces and those who absolutely hate him. I’ve never seen the like of these times, even in the worst of Nixon and Watergate. So, I just had to go to Washington and check with my old contacts to see what is happening. Rather than the almost impossible task of briefing you on what I learned, or think I learned, let’s do a question and answer format.
“Who would like to start?” Hands shot up and the Professor nodded at Alison who said, “Democracy by its nature is naturally messy but why is it so difficult for the Republican Congress to pass legislation?”
“Right to the heart of things. Good question. First the ideological struggle between Republicans and Democrats must cross a much wider gap. Both parties have undergone radical change in the last few years and neither one seems to recognize the extent of the change. The Democratic change occurred first and is now firmly entrenched. The old party with its ability to work with the opposition is gone. The Progressives have taken over and moved the ideological base of the party far to the left. Just look at the people who are now party leaders: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and a host of other governors and members of Congress. This move has cost them hundreds of political positions in the federal, state and local governments. It will take time to move their base to the new socialist ideology. During this period, they cannot govern, but they can obstruct and are doing that very well with their get rid of President Trump at any cost using any means that work. Don’t miss the Saul Alinsky message in their tactics.
“The Republican party has also changed, perhaps even more dramatically. The move of their base, with the leadership and appeal of President Trump, to a populist nationalist party, is being fought very hard by the entrenched Republican establishment. They are, I believe more effective in stopping the Trump Program than the Democrats. Neither party seems to recognize the playing field has shifted as they are still playing the old game and wondering why it doesn’t work.
“At stake is the allegiance and well-being of millions of Americans. Slightly more than half of the popular vote was won by the progressive candidate. That should give any Republican pause and get them working to forward the Trump program.
“The appeal of the Sanders’ program is typical of the success of the appeal of socialism to an un-informed segment of the population that doesn’t understand the world- wide failure of Socialism. Cuba and Venezuela are recent and nearby examples of the failure and ugliness of the social cost on the lives of millions of people.
“The short answer to Alison’s question is that the ideological gap in American society is now wider than at any time since the Civil War. This is no time for observing the action while straddling an ideological fence. There will be no reaching across the aisle to get things done unless the Republicans get rid of their do nothing Congressional leaders, go to simple majority votes in the Senate, shut down the insane look for collusion between the Trump campaign/ administration and get some responsive leadership in the Department of Justice. I hope the 2018 elections will weed out the Republicans who continue to obstruct the governing process. My recent time in Washington has convinced me that this is the time to stand up and be counted.”