There’s a lot being made of FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress. Two “big” things were revealed: (1) They were investigating the Trump campaign for links to Russia that could influence him or people in his administration and (2) Comey hasn’t seen evidence of wiretaps at Trump Towers. Both sets of answers could have been easily predicted. Neither changes anything other than making Trump look bad.
I’m all for exposing corruption and transparently informing the American people about topics they need to hear. I have no problem with the media making its perspectives known in commentary, though I hate that there’s always spin attached to every “news” headline that supports the narrative-du-jour. Heck, I’m not even a Trump fan, so all of this should make me happy, right?
It doesn’t. The thing that makes me most concerned is that America has degraded both politically and culturally to the point that tomorrow’s watercooler chats at offices across the nation will not focus on any of this. They won’t be talking about Ryancare. They aren’t going to discuss Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing. Nobody will ask, “What did you think about Comey’s testimony?” In a time when we have more real-time information about the things that affect us all, Americans have grown disinterested.
The results of this disinterest are as predictable as the outcome of Comey’s testimony.
We had a choice between two Presidential candidates who were under federal investigation during their campaigns. We have a President who is so loose with the facts and fast with the Tweets that we can’t know what to believe anymore. We have a media that is so bent on propaganda and indoctrination that they’re not a trustworthy countermeasure to the lies of government. All of this should be a big deal, yet most Americans simply don’t care.
As someone who immerses myself in political, religious, and cultural news, I find that I’m having troubles getting excited or annoyed by the happenings in our nation’s capital. This indifference has one positive effect: We’re even more determined than ever to make the Federalist Party successful in a short period of time. That’s something, at least.
Erick Erickson from The Resurgent often says, “you will be made to care.” I hope he’s right, not because the things that he refers to are positive but because I’m not sure if the majority of Americans are open to caring about the issues that affect us all. Not today. Not anymore.