Over the past year and change, I’ve grown exceptionally disgusted with many of the “pundits” on both sides of the political spectrum. Many of them have fallen into a pattern: No matter what the current administration does, they’ll be happy to tell you how it sucks. I rather expect this from the right, because after all, they are the opposition. But the amount of it from various “left” or “liberal” pundits is beyond irritating.
What’s most profoundly irritating about the so-called “left” is that it’s become a constant whine-fest. Nothing is ever “good enough,” pure enough, fast enough, or meeting any given standard they’ve managed to think up. There is a good way to criticize and a bad way to criticize. A good way is to say “That’s a good start. Now we need to push for X on this issue.” It acknowledges that the law, regulation, directive isn’t perfect, and moves the attention – and preferably action – towards adding on to it, or changing it further towards your ideal. The bad way is to loudly proclaim that the law, regulation, directive is horrible, terrible, falls incredibly short of the ideal, and that the administration/Congress/Democratic Party is a miserable failure. They’ll take the bad way every time. While it may make them feel better, it totally ignores that the President has managed to keep – and get passed – a lot of the things he campaigned on. But it’s never good enough for them, and it feeds right into the opposition’s attacks.
That doesn’t mean I’m any happier with the right. If anything, I’ve gotten sick and tired of the lack of anything beyond trotting out the same “prescriptions” they have in the past. Let’s face it, given the chance to do all the things they said would work, and the demonstrated failure of them, it would help to have something relating to a new idea. A bit of intellectual stimulation, maybe. An alternative that could be discussed as a realistic possibility instead of a chanted mantra. It makes me wish William F. Buckley were still around to kick your butts. He made liberals “bring their A game” to the debate. You’re just fodder for Stewart and Colbert.
The problem is that both sides’ “pundits” have their media platform. The loud, incessant cacophony of whining about how something doesn’t work, how it’s a failure without suggesting a viable alternative that would work, or an improvement, is just idiocy. Unfortunately, it’s drowning out the real accomplishments and substantive debate. Idiots.