Perspective: Hyperpartisanship Is Killing Us

Oct 7, 2019

We have warned previously of the danger of hyperpartisanship. The parties are widely and bitterly divided, resembling enraged partisans standing on opposite sides of the Grand Canyon mindlessly hurling imprecations at each other. Now conditions have deteriorated even further.

No, not impeachment. The dangerous deterioration precedes that. The danger is lawlessness, and both sides are guilty. Trump defiles the limited concept of executive orders. He reallocates funds for unauthorized purposes. He distorts executive privilege. State Republicans pass clearly unconstitutional anti-abortion laws to force a reexamination of Roe v. Wade.

For their part Democrats try to subpoena everyone and everything. Some expand the dubious concept of sanctuary cities into a broader decriminalization of illegal immigration. Some want to trump Trump by issuing even more dubious executive orders than he does. Some want to pack the Court and require federal permission before states pass certain laws.

Hyperpartisanship metastasizes into contempt and disregard for the law if the law obstructs the utter destruction of the other party. This cannot be permitted. The poet Yeats warns us. "Things fall apart. The center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." We must hold the center.

I'm Bob Evans, and that is my perspective.