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The Abyss of Politics Today is Child’s Play
It is Bad!
I’ve said it myself. The politics of today is getting out of hand. They are reaching an all-time low in how they are attacking each other. Others have said it. The truth is that it is not that low yet. The abyss of the politics of today is child’s play in comparison to the politics found in the annals of history. We are children in this arena.
What is wrong with politics today? Let’s start there. We have corrupt politicians, mudslinging, and scandal. Well, that is nothing new. Shoot, the politicians of today are just imitators of ones that did it much better. Maybe we need to look backwards then.
Is there corruption in Washington today? Of course. We hear about it all the time. There was Watergate, Iran-Contra, and so many more. Many don’t come to light for years. There are many political agendas that people consider corruption that are more like angles they don’t like. People might not like Obamacare, but it is not an example of corruption…yet. Not liking something does not make it corrupt. True corruption is the breaking of the law and established rules. Sort of joking, we could say anything the government does is corruption. The fact is that this is not new. Corruption has been around since the beginning of this great nation.
Under George Washington, one senator was found aiding the British to come through the back door of this new country. Shall we even mention Aaron Burr and his failed attempt to split the country and promote himself as a ruler? Zachery Taylor had his Secretary of War, Crawford, steal almost $200k from the government (Can you imagine how much that is in today’s dollars?). Bribery has been going on throughout the ages with a few being discovered and resigning from office. Under Theodore Roosevelt, a senator was convicted for the Oregon land fraud scandal. There hasn’t been an administration that has been free of corruption.
The conclusion is that the corruption of today is nothing new and is not any worse than the corruption of the previous administrations.
The elections today are getting worse and worse. We’ve never seen candidates act like this before, or have we?
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were some of the earliest politicians in America to embrace mudslinging. Up until then, most candidates kept the mudslinging between friends with intimate letters denouncing each other. Hamilton made it public though he tried to keep up appearances. He sent a series of letters to the Gazette where he accused Jefferson of having an affair with one of his slaves. This was nothing to ignore and would plague Jefferson throughout his life and beyond. This is still a hot topic today. Hamilton did all this under the name of Phocion and did everything he could to bring Jefferson down. Just as many in the opposition feel about a president today, Hamilton believed that Jefferson, one of the nation’s revered founding fathers, would destroy the nation.
Andrew Jackson found mud slung at him concerning his marriage. His wife’s name was smeared throughout the papers accusing her of having two husbands. What the newspapers didn’t reveal was the fact she had fled from an abusive husband. When she married Jackson, she thought she was free. It was only later she discovered that she was not. They quickly remedied the situation and got remarried. Years later, Jackson’s opponents would use that to show his lack of ethics.
Most mudslinging is based on distorted facts done in effort to discredit the opposition and get the public’s attention off their own lack of ethics and morals.
It's Not Worse Today
Politics is not worse today than it was in the early days of the country. It has always been mean and dirty. Each side has always tried to destroy the other side without really caring how it affects the nation as a whole. Most presidents have been called the anti-Christ and the worst thing the nation could ever face. Hundreds of years later those same presidents have either been forgotten or declared great Americans. History has a way of softening politics.