Obama vs. the GOP: Why Nobody Wins

Monday, 07 Oct 2013 01:17 PM

By Jon Friedman

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The people of the United States are at a breaking point. Except for the diehard partisans, they are by now punch-drunk from the weight of the government shutdown. If you follow the debate on social media, it becomes increasingly clear that the nation simply wants this headache to go away. Right now. If not sooner.
Americans prided themselves on voting on the economic and social issues in the 2012 presidential election. Now, they no longer want to have to consider which political party is on the right side of the debate. 
Have the warring parties ever stopped to consider how this makes us look overseas? The U.S. must look like a towering mess abroad, too.
It is as if we can't get our act together and have no idea how to end the wasteful gridlock between the president and Congress, the Republicans and Democrats. The only group that likes this chaos is the media industry because it supplies ready-made news every day.
There may be one silver lining here. Perhaps things can't get any worse in the political wrangling. Maybe this represents the low point. At least we can hope it does. I don't think I'd want to see how things could possibly get any worse.
We look like incompetent blowhards at home in the U.S. and Washington appears to be completely out of control to people in foreign countries. And I honestly can't argue with either perception any more. Can you?
The nation is sending a resounding message to both parties: Get your act together.
Jon Friedman writes the Media Matrix blog for Indiewire.com. He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution." Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.

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