In Reuters yesterday, there was report that Congress has passed a resolution calling on Trump to denounce hate groups.
I have to admit that, in a departure from my customary thoroughness, I read only the first paragraph of the story before feeling absolutely stunned by a congress that can’t seem to get out of its own way to do right by its constituency, but can find lots of consensus to forward non-binding resolutions on matters of little consequence. And I wonder… Who do these people think they are? People who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones.
In other events, I occasioned to watch the interview with Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes and I did so more out of curiosity regarding his character and whether there was any real give away about why he left the administration. Whether he spoke truthfully about any of the topics discussed is not particularly important, because his body language expressed much more than any words could have, and I am positive that he is very passionate about what he believes. Once I watched all there was to watch, I have a more favorable opinion of him than previously, and I believe that what he said explains a lot about what is going on in congress these days.
I can’t say that I agree with Bannon on all points of his philosophy. But the points from the interview that I found important, like the sources of obstruction of the Trump agenda, at least the parts of it that I really want, point to dysfunction in government that is far more profound than I could fathom. I am appalled at the thought that people who once proclaimed unselfish dedication to public service have been so incensed by the Trump revolution within the party that they put themselves before the welfare of the country and the people in it; and I think I’d have to say that if this fight is more personal in nature for them, they should do the honorable thing and excuse themselves rather than continue the scorched-earth warfare on Trump that hurts only innocents who simply do not have time left to waste.
As far as Bannon himself is concerned, good intentions can be honorable, but they are rarely are worth much when the tactics to achieve them are deplorable. The end does not necessarily justify the means. Sunlight and truth are the best remedy for this current political storm, and I can’t say that I ever felt I could rely on information posted on Breitbart to be anything other than spin. If there is a point to be made on any issue worth posting, it has to be neither sensationalized nor spun to have impact. Mr. Bannon, please clean that up.