Saturday, July 23, 2022

D.L. Gardner: Politics for the Good of the People

 Why are we incapable of understanding each other? Why can’t we agree on reasonable expectations and goals of governing for the good of the American people? We have become divided by a common language. We cannot even agree on what things are good and what things are bad, much less compromise to get a little of each so we can achieve some good. 

American conservatives and progressives share very little in common. More to the point, conservatives and progressives have platforms that are more or less antithetical to the ways, means, and ends of what each side says we need to do. One of the biggest problems between the two groups is language. 

For example, how is our economy? The White House insists the economy is strong and stable. Inflation and gas prices stand at 40 year highs. Why can’t conservatives and progressives work together reduce inflation and gas prices to pre-Biden levels, which would be much stronger and more stable than they are today?

What is the status of our southern border? The White House says the border is closed, and whatever is happening along the border is of no national concern for the vast number of Americans. Record numbers of illegal aliens cross our southern border every month. Cartels in Mexico and the US control the traffic of human lives and drugs with impunity. Conservatives are now calling the floods of immigrants an invasion. Progressives ignore the lawlessness and inhumanity propagated through border crossings and across America.

What about violent crime in America? The summer of 2020 saw a pandemic of violent riots across American cities. Progressives characterized these riots as “mostly peaceful.” More than 500 riots erupted that summer, instigated by groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and supported by progressives. Besides billions of dollars of damages to homes and businesses, dozens were murdered and hundreds were brutally attacked. Conservatives called for law enforcement to quell the riots and bring a sense of order to those cities. Progressives dismissed the rioters as frustrated minorities letting off a little steam. 

Nowadays violent crime across America is not even prosecuted in many places. A man and a woman attack a bodega manager threatening to kill him over a bag of potato chips. The man defends himself. The scene is captured on in-store video showing the manager fighting off the bully while the bully’s girlfriend slashes at the manager with a knife. In spite of the video, prosecutors charge the manager with murder. Conservatives are outraged! Progressives shrug their shoulders and shuffle off. 

The Supreme Court makes historic rulings, and rioters threaten conservative justices and their families. Rioters march in front of their homes and place bounties on their heads for any who will report where they are. Authorities arrest one man before he can break into a justice’s home with intentions of killing him. Progressives say, “It happens.” You know, just as long as it’s peaceful. It happens to everyone. Conservatives call on Merrick Garland to enforce federal codes against such rioters. 

Progressives pursue power through politics. They nominated Joe Biden for president in 2020 knowing his frail condition, but also knowing no other progressive could compete with Donald Trump for the presidency. Now, sadly, President Biden has served his political purpose for his progressive handlers and leaves one of the weakest legacies in American history. 

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


Anonymous said...

Why can't we agree on anything, DL? Because mouth breathers like you have an opportunity to reach a wide audience with your mindless drivel. Just my $0.02.

Anonymous said...

DL is an uninformed smoothbrain. However, this divide & conquer strategy is much older than Democrats and Republicans. And it has been used to great effect for millennia. Abe Lincoln himself warned us prior to his assassination by the European Bankers…. “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart DL

Anonymous said...

6:05 laments free speech. How typical of the Leftist Totalitarianism of the "inclusive and tolerant."

Democrats are fundamentally opposed to our Constitution, our traditional values and culture; but most of all against the ideas of individual freedom and liberty. They simply favor tyranny.

Unknown said...

A people can't come together to fight its enemy when it doesn't know the enemy. A people can't fight its enemy when it can't name its enemy.

Anonymous said...

This guy is talking about riots and conveniently ignores the riot on our nation's capital. Idiots like this are one of the reasons we are so divided.

Anonymous said...

6:05 here. I'm neither a Democrat nor a leftist. I'm not totalitarian, nor am I opposed to free speech. I'm not for shutting this idiot down or "cancelling" him. But it is stupid people like him proliferating oversimplified, regurgitated talking points that is pitting American against American. And it comes from the right and the left. Someone bright once said that the internet would make us infinitely smarter or infinitely stupider faster. And he said it more than 2 years ago. And stupid people - from AOC to MTG - are making us not agree on anything. And this rube is part of the problem and not the solution. I'm good with his right to be stupid, but he asked the question.

Anonymous said...

The problem is that the left is irrational, don't want the rule of law, and are cultural Marxists. They oppose everything that is good, right, and moral. One cannot make common cause with such people. Separation of the country is the only answer. The USA has become a failed state and it's time for the rational side in favor of liberty and order to split off and let the leftists have their own basket-case failed state.

Anonymous said...

Our country is more divided than any other time in history. Donald J. Trump is responsible.

Anonymous said...

Your anti-progressive article justifies why we are divisive.

Anonymous said...

D. L. should change his name to Captain Obvious.

Anonymous said...

Because mouth breathers like you have an opportunity to reach a wide audience with your mindless drivel.

Then share your mindless drivel. Kingfish will accept guest columns. If you have the stones.

Anonymous said...

It’s folks like 9:42 that define themselves every time they they use the term ‘riot’ for Jan 6. Comparing that to the 500 riots in 2020 that costs BILLIONS of $$ and DOZENS of lives is totally laughable.

The citizens who walked over to the capital displayed no more excitement or disruption than vacationers gathering at Mt Rushmore or Yellowstone Park for the 4th of July. No torches, burning police cars, murder & mayhem displayed.

Also agree with 6:59 that it’s time for the national split to provide comfort to both. This trying to force one on the other is misery.

Anonymous said...

This will continue until the sheep realize that professional politicians hide, disguise, and diminish the truth so they can package an agenda which makes the sheep dependent on them for "leadership". Both parties do this. They can always point at their opposite and say "they are lying". That is true because they are both lying. The sheep pick sides and call the other guys liars and the cycle goes on. Modern politics.

Anonymous said...

Like most things te government is involved in the answer is easy but people do not like the easy way and the politicians need the votes of idiots to stay in power.

We can cure many of the problems in our world if we would just get serious about treating everyone equal. If you are a bum on the street or the country's president we should all be treated equal. Very few want to be treated equal. Most want special treatment. Again votes come into play. To get them politicians have to agree that people be treated equally, even if it is a lie and everyone knows it.

To be able to treat people equally would mean that people would have to be satisfied with being treated equally and act like they are equal. That would mean no special laws for politicians. They should have to obey they same ones the equal people obey. No special treatment because of the color of your skin or who you like to have sex with. No one really cares anyway. Just act like equals and you will be treated as equals.

Now is it really that hard to get people to act equal so we can all be treated equally? If you want to run for president it doesn't matter if you are a democrat or republican, a KKK member or a black panther. That is your choice. Just expect to be elected for your experience and knowledge. Same goes for jobs. There should not be a space on a job application that asks race, sex, or who your dayyy may be. It is all about you. Do you have knowledge and experience in the job you are applying for, can you physically do the job, are you willing to do the job?

Things can be easy. We just do not want things to be easy. We want to be treated better than other people.

Anonymous said...

@9:29, The “Captain Obvious” moniker is already the property of Sid Salter, I’m afraid.

Anonymous said...

The party loyalists don't care about solving problems, only increasing their power.
They are opposed to nearly every proposal the other supports or will sabotage ( if it's critical) either in language or enticements.

Nor can either party, this minute accept blame when they create a problem ( most always the created problem is the past administration as while the stock market may boom immediately and in a short period (3-4 yrs), with a favorite in the White House, the economy is more complex( it's not about psychology and sales, it's about events and tariffs and whether spending in investment in the future, or lining supporters pockets with gimmes.
DL is no economist. I doubt he graduated in business and certainly never read a book on economic history.
And, yeah, war can be very good for the economy if you can draft everyone and put them to work in the military industry and transportation of arms industry.

Pandemics have ALWAYS done the same thing. WWI didn't cause a short boom, it in less than a decade caused a Depression as the disparity between rich and poor became more exaggerated and the stock market was , like today, unregulated so and so were banks.

You cannot possibly be rushing to 2008 faster only this time, it'll be SO much worse.

Anonymous said...

Our country is more divided than any other time in history. Barack Obama is responsible.


Fixed it for you 8:54am.

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