How about a Christmas truce in Montana’s partisan political war?
It’s all too obvious that “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men” is getting real hard to find these days.
Red-hot shooting wars are going on all over the globe and the concerns about those conflicts expanding, not shrinking, are very real. Yet, when it comes to “leading by example” there’s not much to be said for our politicians and the open partisan warfare that has consumed both political parties for far too long.
Jeff Welsch, the executive editor for the Lee newspapers in Montana, recently wrote in an editorial that we now live “in a haze of political toxicity.”
As Welsch also pointed out: “Of course, whether Republican or Democrat, it’s easier and perhaps required to run with national-party talking points than to speak from the heart with pertinent ideas for making a great state we all cherish even greater.”
Bingo, Mr. Welsch, and much thanks for hitting that salient nail on the head. When the political parties spend all their time, energy and money viciously fighting each other, that doesn’t really leave many resources for actual leadership and action on our most pressing issues, now does it?
Likewise, it’s a twisted fantasy that Montana’s nearly extinct Democrats have somehow managed to corral and control the state’s media and press when they can’t even get their candidates elected to office.
And finally, Rogers came to the conclusion more than 80 years ago that were things to change as the political pendulum swings: “A flock of Democrats will replace a mess of Republicans. It won’t mean a thing. They will go in like all the rest of ’em. Go in on promises and come out on alibis.”
Peace in the world is a laudable goal — and a temporary truce between Montana’s political partisans that leaves the national nastiness aside for a couple weeks would be a very welcome start.