Abby, age 4, is already sick of politics

Listen to a tearful little girl’s voice on “Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.” You can’t fake that level of pain.

The 22-second video, uploaded on Oct. 30 by one Elizabeth Evans, shows every sign of going viral. And why shouldn’t it?

Politics has grown so polarized that people are wondering why Republican governor of New Jersey Chris Christie is not slamming President Obama. In the middle of a hurricane. 

 “Some Republicans have already begun grumbling about Mr. Christie’s over-the-top praise of the president at such a crucial time in the election,” writes The New York Times’s Michael D. Shear.

Try to get your minds around that one. Christie, to his everlasting credit, thought that “thank you” was a more appropriate response to the concern and aid the President gave instead of another phrase that starts with “f” and ends with “you.” 

Christie behaved like a statesman. Like the well-being of his state, his people, and his country mattered more to him than his political party.

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

Abigael, a lot of people are crying right along with you.

Some observers blame our political polarization on Republicans moving further right than Democrats have moved left. So say Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Others think the problem is not so one-sided. Chris Cillizza believes both parties are at fault. “That those people are increasingly uninterested in compromise speaks less to the quality of their representation in Washington than to the fact that deal-making has become a bad word in our (political) culture,” Cillizza writes.

Still another issue is where we get our facts and opinions.

Marc Fisher relates how, in decades past, a citizen would wake up in the morning and take in the political news of the day from newspapers. Not anymore. Case in point is South Carolina resident Dianne Belsom. “With rare exceptions, the news and commentary sites Belsom visits share her worldview, which she describes as ‘conservative, tea party, Christian’,” Fisher writes.

Is there no longer a place in politics for moderates who just want to see solutions to the massive problems facing Americans today? So it would appear.

In response to a New York Times article about Hurricane Sandy and FEMA, one commenter said a mouthful:

I wish some leader would just buckle down, stop tossing money to banks, and instead give money to millions of out of work construction workers, electricians, etc., who can rebuild and modernize our dangerously old electric grid and infrastructure.

 It is criminal to even assert that states can handle these crises separately based on their own individual budgets, many of them in bankruptcy. But we all know those saying the government should be ‘drowned in the bathtub’ are the first folks in line for help during a natural crisis like this. Tolstoy said humanity’s biggest problem was hypocrisy. This election season, I am inclined to agree.

Abigael, I don’t know if you will remember this moment when you grow up. But I hope that someday you trade in your pink Hello Kitty jacket for a power suit. I hope you go to Washington and straighten us out.

Donna Trussell  is a Texas-born writer living in Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter @donnatrussell.



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