Today, in an unprecedented move, negotiations between the American president and congressional leaders were broadcast for all to see. The move has been almost universally viewed as extraordinary. Perhaps President Trump is ahead of the curve on what’s going on.
The indisputable fact is that politics and government have been forever changed. A now superlative tech capability has shone a bright new light on the inner workings and relationships of those in power and those seeking it.
For this same reason, a deep state protecting the status quo has been exposed. Those already ensconced in government are resisting the writing on the wall, but that’s to be expected.
The speedy accessibility of information, and the inability to throw something in the trash and have it go away, have changed the political landscape. Things will never be the same.
It’s like Vietnam. After finally seeing a war on TV, Americans were repulsed by the horrors of a war they could watch from their living room. It changed the war…and the course of history.
This was a harbinger of things to come. Fifty years ago, a new technology allowed people to witness something for the first time.
What’s that thing about sausage-making not being pretty?
Well, now we essentially have internet cameras in the slaughterhouse. And everyone can see the video on their phones. People now know so much more of the inside scoop. That’s a monumental moment in history, one that should not be taken lightly.
It has become much harder for people and organizations to hide things from the people they represent or hope to represent. That’s a good thing.
Expect political campaigns to be more protective of everything they do. Hopefully, we can expect them to try fewer shenanigans, like creating bogus dossiers and fostering underhanded relationships.
And maybe, just maybe, we will see a more open and transparent government. Nah. That’s asking too much. We’ll have to keep catching them in the act.
Maybe next time.