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October 31, 2016 5:50 AM Age: 148 days

Anyone Worried About Governance?

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Source:  Larry Checco, featured commentator

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Despite whether you think Donald Trump will win this election or not, respected political prognosticators expect him to receive 50 million to 60 million of all votes cast.  

That’s a whole lotta folk. 

Some believe that many of these Trumpites represent the next iteration of the Tea Party Movement, which emerged in 2009 in opposition to the Obama Administration.  

Well, we’ve all witnessed how much governing that groundswell movement got us. 

But at least the Tea Partiers wanted to come to Washington and work (if you can call it that) within the system. Many Trumpites want to burn the city down and start from scratch.  To be replaced by what? you might ask.  Your guess is as good as anyone else’s.

One thing we know for certain, however, is that if Secretary Hillary Clinton does win, as most polls suggest she will, she’ll be facing some pretty strong head winds from both Republicans and Democrats, alike.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has already proudly claimed he has enough FBI documentation on HRC’s emails—and that was before this latest email discovery—to be able to conduct two year’s worth of investigations and hearings.

Now there’s a good, productive use of taxpayer money. Haven’t we been down that road before?

The House Select Committee on Benghazi alone ate up more than $6.8 million of taxpayers' money and thousands of work hours, according to the Benghazi Research Center -- and what was the taxpayers’ return on investment (ROI) on that?  Aren’t there more pressing issues that need tending to, like infrastructure, education, entitlement and tax reform, international security, the deficit, debt, and more?

Then there are the Senator Bernie Sanders’ loyalists saying that should she become president, they are going to keep Clinton’s feet to the fire on many of the progressive issues she vowed to uphold during her campaign.  These include making tuition free at public colleges and universities, and not supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which President Barack Obama is pushing hard for -- and what she, HRC -- once called the "gold standard of trade deals."

Politics—and governance—used to be about the art of compromise.  Now it’s become so vitriolic, personal and disengaged from the electorate and governing process that more than six out of 10 Americans say they feel that neither party represents their views, according to a recent poll by the nonpartisan research organization, PRRI.

Fact is we’ve devolved into a dysfunctional family headed by metaphorical parents, one alcoholic the other drug-addicted, with the rest of the family reluctantly trying to pick sides -- knowing that they’re going to be abused regardless of with whomever they chose to go.

That so many believe “the system is rigged,coupled with the subtle and often not-so- nuanced talk of violence, certainly doesn’t lead to good governance or comforting thoughts.

Sadder yet is what we are projecting to the rest of the world.

Here we are, dispatching our ambassadors and other emissaries to countries around the globe, touting the beauty of our governing process and liberal form of democracy, then asking these same countries to be more like us—when many of us right now, here in these currently disunited states of America, really don’t want to be like us!

I write this in great sadness.  I know that my family and I live within the boundaries of  the greatest and most productive political experiment the world has ever known. 

Unlike those living in many other countries, we can go to sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be pretty much like it was the day before.  Our streets may not be paved with gold, but they’re not running with blood, either.  The street lights work, potable water flows through our taps and the overwhelming majority of us live in peace and harmony.

I don’t want to risk losing all that to petty politics played by petty people.  

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