The Obama administration blamed sequestration for the halting of tours. Those looking for a good excuse to blame Obama for all things bad jumped on the tours as another example of the end of life as we know it.
When you look at what upsets people these days, you wonder if the cause of their dismay is the end of life as we know it or the overwrought exaggeration of the situation is more of a danger.
In the overall scheme of things, the inability to take a hosted tour of the President’s home on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue seems like a minor problem.
Such is the nature of political debate these days. The extremism that now dominates political debate seems far more impassioned than the perceived threat of such emotionalism and wrath.
Maybe my close brush with death last year has changed my view of things or maybe it’s just a dose of reality that makes rational people realize that so many of the topics that dominate debate today are just plain unreasonable or downright silly.
The gun nuts who see a conspiracy at every turn see the Congressional attempt to ban assault style weapons or large capacity magazines as some deep seeded threat to the Bill of Rights and/or the Constitution.
It’s not. Telling some over-testosterone wannabe that he can’t buy an AR-15 will not prevent him from buying or owning any of hundreds of other legal weapons that can kill anything that moves.
Reducing the size of magazines from 30 rounds to 10 won’t put any gun fanciers in danger or threaten life as we know it. Hell, if you can’t take out a target in 10 rounds you shouldn’t be using a gun anyway.
At the local level, parents of students bemoan threats to cut back on extra-curricular activities or athletics. So? Isn’t the primary purpose of schools to give students an education? Will a cutback on football bring around the end of the world?
Visit any social media site and you will find angry debates about cuts in national parks and reductions in recreational activities. The anger seems to stem more from personal selfishness than from any actual concern about the state of the nation.
What’s missing in all this hand-wringing and self-righteous anger is any real concern about the state of a nation or the real problems that ail the country in this budget and financial mess.
Why concentrate on the real issues when one can use the situation to hammer on some worthless political cause?