The Washington I knew in the ’60s and ’70s, and that includes Watergate, was as political as today but politicians were infinitely better behaved. Senators and congressmen were respected. Congress did what was right for the country. The office of the presidency was revered, and both political parties held allegiance to its occupant. Today the senators and congressmen do not stand in unison behind the president. The rest of the world sees a president constantly under attack and a Congress more interested in playing politics than acting responsibly. If thwarted, elected officials carelessly threaten to shut down the government. This sends a message that the president’s hands are tied, and he does not speak for the United States of America.
How little respect and influence we have abroad.
June Frost, Coral Gables