The sad state of American politics

Indictments. Impeachments. Name-calling. Infighting. Loggerheads. The current state of the American political system would make for a great joke if it wasn’t so sad.
The latest in the seemingly never-ending political folly came recently when Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced last week he is directing the U.S. House to open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over his family’s business dealings.
The Associated Press reported McCarthy said that House investigations so far “paint a picture of a culture of corruption” around the Biden family as Republicans probe the business dealings of the president’s son, the recently-indicted Hunter Biden, from before the Democratic president took office.
“These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption, and they warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said at the Capitol, announcing he was directing the House led by the Oversight Committee.
Of course, Biden and his advisors called the move political, just like former President Donald Trump did when impeachment proceedings were pursued against him, and when he was indicted with a litany of charges for allegedly attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election. If your party does it, it’s justified. If the other party does it to your party, it’s political and a witch hunt.
The state of politics in this country is so alarming. It’s broken. It’s not about working together to accomplish anything—it’s about being right and denigrating “the other side.” It’s about getting on social media and telling people you have never met a day in your life they are an idiot because of the person for whom they vote. It’s the most neanderthal way of looking at a complex human being imaginable. We are better than that. Aren’t we?
Our fear is that this is the way politics will continue in this country. Mud slinging, name calling, and whichever party loses will claim the election was rigged or stolen. How many people are in prison right now due to the peddled lie that the  2020 election was stolen? Not all of the people who stormed the Capitol Jan. 6 are intrinsically bad. Many are people who were fed lies and whipped into a frenzy that led to mob mentality. And for what? It did not and will not change anything, and the people directing them to do it do not care about them whatsoever.
If President Biden did do something shady, he deserves to be impeached, just like any other president, regardless of political party. But can we ever get back to electing a president who unites and does not divide, and political parties that have differences but work together for the good of the country instead of having a daily competition to see who can say the stupidest thing on Twitter?
We can dare to dream. Politics in this country has become a circus. We hope it’s something that will change. We’re not going to hold our breath.

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