Outrage is political capital we should not accept | Opinion


The outrage has been palpable in Washington the past 10 days. 

Democrats are outraged that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, and Republicans are outraged that Democrats would be outraged over the removal of a man they harshly criticized in 2016. 

Everyone is outraged, and those emotions do nothing for the American voter. 

It’s a waste of energy and tax payer dollars for our federal legislators to craft columns, release statements and go on national television to express how irritated they are by the other side’s actions. 

Americans get it. The GOP doesn’t like how the left handles itself and vice versa, but no one cares. I suppose some die hard members of each respective party’s constituency might like these shenanigans, but can’t imagine it goes far beyond that. 

Outrage has become political currency. President Trump tweets something egregious and it’s a race to the national media by everyone on the left to have their five minutes of fame on CNN. 

Chuck Schumer lambasts Trump and Republicans hastily grab their phones hoping Fox News will call. 

Meanwhile, real work is neglected. 

While our representatives are flying around the east coast looking for anyone who will listen to their point of view real people suffer. Healthcare hasn’t moved since it hit the Senate, but Senator Jim Inhofe has no problem giving an interview picking apart Global Warming. Not too much actual policy from Inhofe’s office on the issue this year though. 

Congressman Tom Cole dedicated his column to his irritation over Democrats reaction to the FBI Director’s firing this week. This is out character, as Cole typicaly concentrates on policy and national updates. Maybe the outrage bug is contagious. 

Still, we as voters should not accept this capital. 

Last year’s election was a litmus test for the country. It’s evident the nation’s political spectrum is wide ranged at the moment. Our legislators don’t need to remind us. 

We elect these people to represent us at the highest level, and as such are tasked with doing so in a professional manner. But using every communication tool available to express anger falls far short of this. 

Incendiary one-liners are headlining grabbing. There is no question about that. But they in no way help voters. 

And they only way this changes is if citizen’s stop accepting outrage as a payment for their vote, and start demanding action instead. 

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