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Dr. Rashad Richey

National TV Political Analyst, Talk Radio Host, Univ. Prof.

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Conservatives like Rep. Jordan play up entertainment over governing

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Dr. Rashad Richey

National TV Political Analyst, Talk Radio Host, Univ. Prof.

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The trend of entertainers transitioning into politics is not a recent development. Figures such as Bob Hope, Al Franken, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ronald Reagan have all enjoyed political careers after their successful stints in the entertainment industry.

Some analysts, however, like Straight Arrow News contributor Dr. Rashad Richey, argue that certain elected officials, including figures such as former President Trump and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, are taking their showmanship to an extreme. Richey contends that these types of lawmakers lack sincerity, compromising their core governance duties in the process.

In a recent interview, Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, talked about how Jim Jordan, who wants to be speaker of the House: “Well, this is basically performance art. They’re performing.” Jim Jordan, according to Senator Romney, is an individual who has decided to basically abandon governing and engage in performing for his political base. But I want to expand the argument just slightly.

While I agree with Senator Romney, there’s a performance dynamic connected to Jim Jordan, there’s really a performance dynamic connected to many politicians, especially those on the Right. While I believe that it exists in all politicians to be somewhat of a showman, a show woman, there seems to be a particular, let’s just say fascination, with performance as it relates to conservatives today.

And leading the charge is none other than their de facto leader, leader of the Republican Party and of all Republicans elected —  Donald Trump. There was a time when we could actually abandon performance in order to govern. I think that time is no more.

Okay. In a recent interview, Senator Mitt Romney talked about how Jim Jordan, who wants to be Speaker of the House. Well, this is basically performance art. They’re performing. Jim Jordan, according to Senator Romney is an individual who has decided to basically abandon governing and engage in performing for his political base. But I want to expand the argument just slightly. While I agree with Senator Romney, there’s a performance dynamic connected to Jim Jordan. There’s really a performance dynamic connected to many politicians, especially those on the right. While I believe that it exists, in all politicians to be somewhat of a showman, a show woman, there seems to be a particular, let’s just say fascination with performance as it relates to conservatives today. And leading the charge is none other than their de facto leader, leader of the Republican Party and of all Republicans elected Donald Trump. There was a time when we could actually abandon performance in order to govern. I think that time is no more, I think both sides have lacked the, let’s just say fortitude to serve you. Now, there are some on both sides of the political aisle who would rather engage in governing dynamics than performing, but the political consumer us, we seem to be consuming brands, rather than consuming individuals who would actually govern the best. Unfortunately, many of the politicians who are able to charismatically campaign, who can make you laugh, who can motivate you at times, they are not the greatest at governing, but they are good at campaigning. So what do we do in this dilemma? Let’s simplify the process. Number one, none of us benefit from simply a two party system. A two party system makes it easy for corporations to simply by both sides of that political spectrum. That’s why we say things like they’re just two different sides of the same coin. While they will talk about how they disagree on social issues, how they disagree on a school, and we don’t know where Alabama, they disagree on IT administrator in Atlanta, Georgia, they vote the same on banks, they vote the same. When it comes to access to higher education. Everything else seems to be a performance to make us think that they are actually not on the same page. And then you have true believers in each party. As much as I disagree with the Tea Party movement on political ideology and philosophy. They seem to be authentic to what they believed. They seem to be authentic to the conservative values. But those Tea Party members seem to be the strongest Trump supporters today, not really connected to a policy agenda as much as they are to a personality agenda. Let’s go to the left. You have corporate Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, well, we understand exactly typically how Nancy Pelosi is going to vote, how she’s going to lead and what is important to her.

Then you have the progressives, the progressives, by and large, are authentic to their approach. They believe in what they say. The proclamations they make come from a place of actual passion and belief in doing what’s right. You may disagree with their political ideology, just as I disagree with the political ideology of the right. But if it comes down to sincerity, I want you to really think Woodside is sincerely there for the right reason

 

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