When I did my time at Patheos, in response to the Trump impeachment mob, I pointed out that during the Watergate scandal, my parents were upset at the idea of Nixon being removed from office. Despite being lifelong Democrats (at least up to that point), they took no pleasure in seeing the president driven out in scandal. They knew that would be bad for the country as a whole, and so it was. I won't bother with the reaction from the good readers at Patheos.
I thought of that when I read this rather gleeful story at FOX News, that President Biden was met with jeers as he toured the devastation in Kentucky. I'm old enough to remember, on the whole, that partisanship happened after tragedies or disasters or other grievous loss of life events. But it usually took some time. Give it a week or two. Sometimes a month or more, before the partisan sharks started swimming.
I won't cast blame. It isn't as if FOX is doing something uniquely repulsive, or those jeering are in some way breaking from modern tradition. Immediately rushing in to put a partisan spin while even the bodies haven't been gathered up has become as American as apple pie and racism used to be. And the last thing I could ever say is that it's those rascally right winger types who are behind it all. I couldn't say who first decided political exploitation should be our first response. But if I was a betting man - and I'm not - I'd put it firmly on some progressive activism, like guns and gun violence and rushing to make it about gun control before facts are known or bodies are covered.
In any event, it shows have far we've sunk as a nation. The divisions are so deep now I wonder at what point we'll stop, or if we've passed a point of no return. In any event, I admit that President Biden is on the fast track to being one of our worst presidents ever. And that's from someone who remembers President Carter, President Obama and President George W. Bush. Nonetheless, there are times and places, and this is certainly neither. Not for a nation that has its priorities straight.