We tweet as Rome burns

Apathy is a bridge to tyranny. At least that is what some of us understand. There are countless examples in human history where the governed slowly yielded their rights for the perception of safety or benefit, only to cross that line and end up dominated by a supposedly compassionate or caring “government.”

In America today, this same pattern is emerging and accelerating as we allow more and more of our hard fought freedoms to be removed to remedy perceived faults. Each “leader” we elect focuses on their pet peeve cause and apply a remedy that extracts further concessions. Results do not matter to these people. It’s the emotional satisfaction of having done “something” to fix the societal ill. Words and phrases like social justice, inequality, even the playing field and equal opportunity permeate the political landscape as they sell their wares and are eagerly supported by an equally apathetic press who simply pursue their own agenda — absent their fundamental purpose or responsibility. As the momentum progresses, even the most senior leaders then over-reach their authority and begin flaunting the very laws they take an oath to enforce and protect. That is where we are now. No longer is it a big deal to express the desire to “circumvent” Congress because of inaction. In fact, its cheered on by those who simply don’t understand the consequences of their actions and will be having fits of rage when the same thing happens in the future but a different party is the one doing the flaunting. Hypocrisy is revealed but that is not what’s at stake. The Constitution which has served as a beacon of hope for millions is left in tatters while we tweet about our pet’s latest trick while waiting at a traffic light.

Don Thompson

Lake Stevens

More in Opinion

Daydream is over; GOP must work with Democrats on ACA fix

Editorial: The Senate should end its latest ACA repeal effort and continue bipartisan talks.

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Sept. 24

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Viewpoints: Who’s going to clean up Equifax’s mess?

You are, for starters. But there are things that credit agencies could do to secure your data.

Commentary: Include employee profit-sharing in tax reform

Tying corporate tax reform to profit-sharing would provide a fairer share for the middle class.

Commentary: Give retail marijuana balanced consideration

Retail sale of cannabis is up to Snohomish voters, and there are reasons to support it.

Robinson: The GOP’s health care proposals keep getting worse

It’s hard to find anyone who knows anything about health insurance who likes this monstrous creation.

Will: America’s engine is being slowed by complacency

The Great Enrichment is being superseded by the Great Flinch, a recoil against friction and change.

Parker: 25 years later, woman’s disappearance fresh in mind

Over the years, the work to find Dail Dinwiddie evolved into efforts to find and protect others.

Keillor: Voices in unison sing out our desire for common good

When you stand in a crowd and sing, it does pull people together.

Most Read