Editor: The pre-election blame game is on. My only hope is that people of all parties or no party will understand it for what is.
Do Americans really believe that the failed terror attempt on Times Square was Obama’s fault? That the oil spill was his fault as well? Then we have the blame they attribute to him for the inherited economic debacle and the war – perhaps 9/11? In short, there are no limits to what the “blamers without borders” will attribute to what they believe to be the president’s deficiencies.
We look with gratitude and admiration to the Doctors without Borders who treat people in need wherever they are – without question. In this case, we see blamers without borders, led often by John Boehner, the minority leader in the House of Representatives – reciting rotely the latest iteration in the limitless pre-election blame game. It would be funny if it weren’t so irresponsible and dangerous -because in its delivery and in its substance – as well as in its endless repetition – it feeds people’s biases and anger. It is, I would say, subversive.
You don’t have to be a member of the Democratic Party or an enthusiastic admirer of President Obama to fear this kind of rhetoric. It fosters belief in falsehoods – and even, at times, a giddy glee in playing in or being a spectator to this dangerous display. Democracy is not about lock-step agreement or lock-step disagreement. It’s about finding a way through disagreement to compromise and consensus that works for the public good.