Since the days of President Nixon, American “Democracy” fell into “tribalism,” with two warring factions, Republicans and Democrats waging wars against each other and the “Republic,” and against the citizens who are victims of this ugly tribalism.
As Muslims, we witness the ugly face of “tribalism” in the form of a sectarian divide (Sunni v Shiite) which the Holy Quran was unable to eradicate and erase the nasty face of tribalism of ancient Mecca. We are witnessing the same in the US.
Unfortunately, the US Constitution, as excellent as it is as an instrument of governance and guiding principles of the political process, has failed to cure political tribalism in the US.
The ugly face of American Tribalism has moved from the House of Representatives and is ongoing in the US Senate, where the Senate Court for the impeachment of Donald Trump is taking place presided by the Chief Justice of the United States.
The Democrats lack any impeachable evidence out of the Mueller investigation but came into a windfall by the actions of the President, as he tried to leverage aid to Ukraine to gain political favor, investigating Biden & Son’s business dealings in Ukraine.
Of course one has to wonder, what are the qualifications of Biden’s son to secure a $50,000/month contract in the energy sector other than an introduction and political leverage from his father?
However, business dealings with high ranking officials of the government and members of both the senate and house are legendary and pale to the corruption of other countries. While in other countries, corruption is limited to the few, in America corruption is widespread to all levels of government.
One has to wonder how a Senator who earns less than $200K per year can accumulate tens of millions of dollars in a few years. For instance, Senator Mitch McConnell’s net worth increased by $2.4 million every year for more than a decade.
The corruption within our government institutions is disgraceful and raises the question whether our form of governance is what the founding fathers had in mind.
There is an “ideological, even theological” divide over everything and anything. From voter registration to “gerrymandering”, to gun control, abortion, education and health care funding, Social Security, and Medicare, among others are part of this theological divide. Each tribe tries to outdo the other in partisan conflict to the point that the best interest of Americans has frequently become lost. Hardly any legislation for the good of the public is passed without big tribal fights.
I have no idea as to how the US Constitution can deal with this issue, but it seems that with the absence of term limits and the lack of a “citizens” congress we are stuck with the tribal system, not only in politics but in media as well.
Can we start all over without Democrats and Republicans? I am sick of both.
Sami, a Palestinian-American and a US Army Veteran (66-68), recipient of the “soldier of the month award and leadership award from the 6th Army NCO Academy, is an international legal and business consultant with over 40 years of international experience, in construction, hospitality services, conservation and defense, in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Sami is a holder of BA, MPA in Public and Environmental Affairs, Jurist Doctor from Indiana University. While at IU he was elected class president, student government president and chairman of the Indiana Students Association,
Active in peace movement as a co-author of the pre-amble for the One State for All of its people and voluntary service program SalamNation. A frequent contributor on national and international affairs. He resides in the United States.