Where we are today is best explained by Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic Magazine.
It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align. With lawmaking at a standstill, the president’s use of executive orders and regulatory discretion has reached a level that Congress views as dictatorial—not that Congress can do anything about it, except file lawsuits that the divided Supreme Court, its three vacancies unfilled, has been unable to resolve.
Not to minimize the theatrics playing out in our United States by candidates for the presidency. Punishment awaits either one when that person arrives in the White House, January, 2017: Congress has not changed in years.
I watched this calm, knowledgeable writer explaining to Judy Woodruff of PBS News hour and realize I wasn’t off my mind.
Selfishness seems to be the primary reason Congress and the White House cannot do the nation’s business. There’s a hole in the boat that is in the middle of the ocean, politicians!
We the people demand that you do your job.
P.S.: The editorial board (of the NYT) added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the “worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.” They have endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.
Minnie E Miller, Writer