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Protestations Notwithstanding - Politics Begs Understanding When None is Available

Reader comment on item: From "Not a Crook" to "Not a Liar": A Potted History of Political Denials

Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jul 8, 2021 at 15:39

In many respects, politics in the modern sense was in its more developmental stages of modernization after America entered into the arena of nationhood with its decidedly Constitutional republican form of governance as other parts of the world found itself in transformation from empires to democracies. Half the global population found itself searching for freedom in the same way that the American experiment did; but other nations were not so inclined. But modern politics did come up with a common malady; politicians were human and the foibles and fallibilities were intrinsic to their schemes of domination by whatever means were determined necessary to keep power exactly where they wanted it.

Citizen, then President Trump came in as an anomaly, even as an anachronism. From where this observer first became aware of a Donald J Trump in transition from being Citizen Trump to becoming the 45th American Chief Administrative Officer, an historical recollection that came from listening to relatives who knew older politicians and their individualistic styles of governance lent to an analysis that what was happening was President Trump did not play politics by the same rules and the lifetime politicians did not know how to deal with that; so they rebelled on both sides of the aisle.
Rebellion for the democrats was easy; they practice it on a constant basis, but when they have control, they have a hard time since the rebellion they started, they now must fight against, including amongst themselves.

Republicans on the other hand, do not remember the fight that Republican Lincoln had to endure, to the very end. He won the war, even the argument that he was right; but lost his life to the rebellion for the reason that the democrats that caused the war were not going to fight fair; and still do not fight fair.

In this, the main casualty is truth, that both the Republicans and Democrats have problem with and are willing to put 'we the people' in the line of fire and make the taxpayer foot the bill for virtually all the mistakes all politicians make in the name of politics. The greater tragedy is that when once American politics was considered worth emulating, it was at the same time being undermined by anti-American sentiments from very long ago and now 'we the people' are still paying for it; politicians still see to that.

President Trump made political life hard; but he was not the worst at it. In this, it is all a matter of perspective. Who would have thought a loaf of bread would cost the same as a gallon of gasoline?
President Trump was not president long enough to have caused that. Who would have thought the American lifestyle could be interrupted by a epidemic of foreign interference? President Trump did not cause the pandemic, but political operatives within his own Administration allowed it to become a political weapon that is still not under control; and those outside of former President Trump's sphere of influence are still lying about their hand in undermining the American 45th Administration's efforts and again, 'we the people' are still paying for it, aren't we?

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