The Long-Term Effects of Political Instant Gratification

The search for immediate results — instant gratification — is everywhere in our society. It has permeated every facet of our lives from professional to personal to political.

Electronic media is a perfect example. Twitter, in my opinion, has become exactly what I thought it would be — a platform for the stupid. It is the epitome of the instant gratification society.

I’m not a fuddy-duddy, unless you ask my children. I just know “you can’t always get what you want” (Rolling Stones) in the time frame you desire.

And thus it is also in politics. How many times have we heard Obama say “we’re out of time” or “we don’t have time for Congress to debate this” or “we must act for the good of the.” Fill in the blank. And then he signs an anti-constitutional executive order.

Speaking of executive orders, you may have noticed the president and his people no longer use the term executive order. It is now “Executive Action,” for he is a man of action and action gives us. You got it, instant gratification.

The Republicans are not immune from this disease, except when it comes to taking a stand on or for something. Then we can wait until next time, like the debt ceiling, or a budget battle, etc. But when it comes to things like amnesty, we can’t wait.

Never mind looking down the road to see how it will destroy what so many have fought and died for. No, we must win the next election and nothing else matters.

It seems we no longer need men (and women) of thought and deliberation. No, we need “Men of Action” who can get something done now.

As I stated, many have fallen prey to this myopic approach to life and politics, even real conservatives whom I respect and trust.

I am speaking of the desperate need some have to cling to a party that clearly has abandoned us. Rush Limbaugh has on so many occasions excoriated people for even positing the notion of a third-party. He has always stated that the party can only be fixed, as was Reagan’s view, from the inside.

Well, as controversial as this may be, I believe that portion of the era of Reagan to be over.

Limbaugh insists, as do many others, we don’t stand a chance if we form a third-party. With an attitude like that, I agree. He’s right though; there may not be the instant gratification of an election victory right around the corner. So what!

At this point, are we not beyond that? Presently, I’m going to guess there are maybe 15 to 25 constitutional conservative Republicans within both Houses. That’s maybe 25 out of 535. Pitiful! And it’s crystal clear that the Republican leadership despises them (and us) more than Al Qaeda.

So again, what are we supposed to do? Just go along to get along? That’s no longer an option.

It’s time to begin doing what is right for our country, our children, because it’s the right thing to do. Let’s stop worrying about just winning the next election. With few exceptions, we all see where that has gotten us.