The atmosphere of animosity that is prevalent in Washington, D.C., is unparalleled, and the partisan mentality between the two political parties is toxic. There does not seem to be a day when the representatives of the opposing parties are not at each other’s throats to make their point of view. The civility that existed between the political opponents has vanished, and there seems to be no hope of ending this feud.
These matters have become even worse with opinionated and dogmatic media that has chosen sides in this strife. On television, there is no news or any divulgence of information to common citizens, which could help understand the present complex political situation. A group of people sits in front of the camera and argues with each other about the same issues over and over again.
All these may seem to be hassling and arguments between two political parties based on their ideologies and dogma but these very animated confrontations may create a greater crisis leading to disarray in the governing of our country. Since the first mid-term election during the Obama administration there has been a constant tussle between the legislative and executive branches of government that is going to this day.
At that time, the legislative branch, which consisted of a Republican majority, made it very difficult for the executive branch to function, thus leading to delays in implementing laws and policies. When the turn around took place in the last mid-term elections, the same altercation has started, leading to spending of all the energy and time on one issue only.
The issue that has been affected the most in a very bad way is the foreign policy of the United States. Never before has the United States been out of the picture of the leadership around the world. A majority of the countries of the world look toward the United States when they need help against hegemony and tyranny. Our traditional allies are mocking us and adopting their own policies for the future.
China is trying to dominate its presence in Africa by building seaports in countries close to the continent so that they can reap the benefits of the African raw materials. It has built islands and military bases in the South China Sea to secure the trading sea routes. Russia threatens and dominates the Balkan countries and central Asian countries. Threatening Western Europe with gas embargo and the list goes on.
Not only this, but the humanitarian crises that inflict the world have also been neglected. The siege of the Kashmiri people by Indian armed forces since August has been a debacle, the genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and the religious oppression of the Chinese government against its Muslim citizens in northwest part of China are the few examples that needed to be mentioned.
It is imperative that the wrangling between the two political parties is stopped and bipartisan goals are carved out to serve the interests of the citizens of our country. At the same time, the arm wrestling and show of power between the legislative and executive branches of government has to be tamed and restrained so that we all can have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas.