Alan Wallach

Tribalism in Politics is Not The Answer

Our political problem is not so-called tribalism, the desire to protect one’s own. The reason politicians fail these days and are despised is because their priorities are reversed. Their first and overwhelming priority is to keep their jobs at all costs. That drives everything. They will say and do anything as long as it allows them to keep their jobs. The next item on the list is to protect their party’s majority because that’s where the power resides. That implies the corruption of satisfying the desires of their money sources. And last and certainly least, most obviously at the bottom of the list, is obligation to country. If one understands this, our politics becomes very clear. The lack of spine is fear of losing one’s job, the country be damned. And Trump is the paragon of this.