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When Did We Take Being Polite Out of Politics?

The Obamas on the parade route.
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Today was the public swearing in of President Obama’s 2nd term. A parade followed and tonight in Washington D.C.the celebrations continue, featuring a few heavy hitters in the music world. Including Alicia Keys, Usher, Katy Perry, fun. and the cast of ‘Glee.’

Katy Perry
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I see it and hear what some are saying. Why do we need to spend millions on a party for a guy who already has the job?

Here goes my rant on this subject. Is it just me or has the division in politics gotten worse in the past 12 yearsI It seems to me all of this anger started when Bush beat Gore back in 2000 with the never ending saga over the ‘hanging chads.‘ Ever since then all that is polite in politics has been thrown out the window or it would seem? I think the divide is due to a couple of factors. First, the explosion of social media in the past decade and second, the news channels. I also sort of blame Congress for being so stubborn and not working for the people.

The Band, Fun.
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Social media is a great place to voice opinions and thoughts and keep people honest but at the same time it can also spread hate and lies, especially when it comes to fake or photo shopped pictures.  The 24 hour cable news channels don’t give it to you straight either. I will say that I’d rather be given all sides and decide for myself. I just wish MSNBC, Fox News and sometimes CNN would have real discussions and not just get on guests pushing their agendas.

As for Congress, we pay them to resolve issues not block them. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they are presented from the right or the left, nothing gets done. Are these 535 people just acting like kids or do they really feel they are standing up for their constituents?

I’m not here to make any political statements or say whether all of this celebrating is necessary but I’ll enjoy it for what it is. We paid for these balls and besides Katy Perry is performing. It’s once every four years and it doesn’t seem to matter who wins the election, Republican or Democrat, people will complain depending.


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