As a non-American I’m amazed, to use an understatement, by the radical mismatch between US developments and my own, Low countries’ honed intuitions about politics. Not that those are in any way trustworthy predictors of what happens in The Netherlands, panta rei, everywhere, but the US theatrics are just so consistently beyond my mental space of the proper, that I feel lost when trying to think about our common ground.
The perpetual guerilla war between the legislative and the executive just doesn’t fit my concept of a functioning democratic state. Now, I’ve lived long enough in places that don’t fit that description to know that this doesn’t immediately mean total chaos. Life goes on, societies are surprisingly resilient and creative, but those were experiences in places that are mice on the world’s stage. The US is an elephant. Should I be worried? For the American colleagues of my wife it doesn’t seem to be a topic of conversation. That doesn’t say much in and of itself, but I must admit it surprises me, and I find it somewhat unsettling.
That’s a vaguely stressful feeling so let’s lighten up a bit with these guys. They show that a dysfunctional institutional environment doesn’t mean one cannot rock.
And that was it. You may expect an opinion here but I’m much better at questions than answers. My son recently pointed me to this delightful comic that resonates well with that reality. It’s too long to include but click here and enjoy.