My old friend and former Oswego Mayor John Sullivan has penned an op/ed in the TU...First congrats are in order.
Sullivan, who also lived in Sackets Harbor when he worked as an Assistant AG in Watertown, decries the extremes in the current two party duopoly that rules the country. John longs for the days of Everett Dirksen, Gerry Ford and Tip O'Neill. Affable, willing to compromise, respectful of the office they hold.
Now John opines politics is too polarized and raucous. John wants publicly financed campaigns and a return of the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting to prevent the proliferation of Limbaughs. In other words, let's reign in all that free speech we have right now.
It's true that cable, talk radio and social media tend to turbocharge passions and lead to some really off-color attacks that make people shy away from public involvement and discourse.
The old days of select media gatekeepers and no ubiquitous 24 hour news cycle do seem charming, but if that were the norm, I would have never read John's piece which he trumpeted on, of all places, Facebook.
While John is musing about Senator Dirksen and watching the Honeymooners, I wonder if he longs for a return of Senator McCarthy or Father Coughlin. I am not so sure the clock can be turned back to a simpler time just by bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.
Trying to to be that retro is a little like our friend Sisyphus and the rock.
Two-party system more like two extremes - Times Union