After more than 30 years, the biggest political mystery of the 20th century has been solved. Bob Woodward, through his newspaper, The Washington Post, confirmed Tuesday that W. Mark Felt, the number two man at the FBI during the early 1970s, was Deep Throat, the celebrated source who provided information that led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon.
Like too many people today, I get caught up in the hyperbole that passes for political debate. In anger, I throw in buzzwords and epithets designed to inflame passion and, frankly, piss off the other side. It’s a cheap trick, a lazy one in fact that adds no substance to the discussion and serves only to increase the rancor that has taken over any attempts to discuss the issue of the day.
Polling on abortion reveals the complexities of the American psyche. On the one hand, the majority of Americans feel that abortion is morally wrong. Yet, at the same time, the majority of Americans poll in support of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion a legal procedure nationwide.
If Bill Frist’s performance as Senate majority leader the last few weeks is any indication, he would have trouble managing a two-car funeral let alone the vast U.S. government, which apparently is his ultimate goal. Without being too hard on the Tennessee surgeon who President Bush handpicked for his current assignment, it is reasonable to suggest that his skill in the operating theater has not found its way into the political arena.