Last night's TV appearance of President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did not serve the American people well.
It was a ragged and poorly “staged” combination of performances on both sides.
Trump looked clearly uncomfortable with the format, he is out of his depth as a dramatic speaker.
As for Schumer and Pelosi, they “spoke” the words but lacked the passion needed to rally America around their call for enhanced border security without The Wall.
The Trump, Pelosi and Schumer TV show raised some very major questions.
If Trump can so recklessly close down the government on his clearly narcissistic needs, holding hundreds of thousands of federal workers hostage along with the millions of others impacted by these realities, what else might he do that could endanger the nation?
If the Democratic opposition appears poorly prepared to take on its mission to handle this dangerously impulsive president, where does this leave the people?
These are not casual concerns; they are realistic challenges suggesting the “system” is not serving the nation; worse, the “situation” is being carefully and monitored by friends and foes around the world.
If ever there needed to be citizen involvement, it is now. At the same time, if ever there was any sense we could not expect it, it’s also now, if only because most Americans are simply confused due to the lack of strong political leadership.
The media must demand that both political parties get their acts together and work in a bipartisan fashion to overcome the lack of sanity in the White House.
Joe Honick is an international consultant to business and government and writes for many publications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org