Donald Trump Alex Wong / Staff

Washington wars: Who is winning and losing the D.C. battle?

The frustration is not in the positions or the institutions, but in the people who fail to live up to the responsibility that those institutions demand.

Trump has declared war on the media and the political correctness of the Left, the media has declared war on Trump and the establishment has declared war on its political bases. It almost seems laughable to hear how much contempt these groups have for the mainstream and how easily they believe we are manipulated. 

The far Right and far Left are motivated and passionate, but they are two minorities. The majority, irrespective of their leanings, are mostly disappointed and frustrated. The media, President Trump and the establishment of both parties are at all-time approval lows, and the battle they are waging is causing mostly self-inflicted harm.

It is like watching a marriage collapse—two sides that were vastly different but linked by a common goal turning into enemies that inflict as much damage on the other as they can with no regard for their own well-being or the greater good. They get consumed with the battle and lose track of the goal.

Everyone is cringing with each tweet, news story, malicious attack and political move. The nation may be deeply and nearly evenly divided, but 85%, regardless of their position, are cringing at the behaviors of all involved.

I’ve heard the pundits all express concern that faith in our institutions is crumbling and the presidency, the media, the institutions of government, the political parties, the political glue that holds us together, may all come crumbling down.

I think that is absurd. Yes, there may be a lack of faith in our elected officials, the media and many of our most sacred institutions. But that is a function of actions, results and the betrayal of those who sent them. The frustration is not in the positions or the institutions, but in the people who fail to live up to the responsibility that those institutions demand.

The institutions aren’t losing; we will respect them the moment the men and women who are charged with upholding them do the same. The losers are the vast majority of American people who expect change and progress and honor. The great irony is that the agendas of the players in this drama are losing ground as the players themselves lose respect. 

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