I could not improve on the title of this Denver Post editorial who makes a convincing case for consistency and democracy

Some of you must still believe that politicians are meant to serve rather than be worshiped. And there must be someone out there who considers partisanship a healthy, organic reflection of our differences rather than something to be surrendered in the name of so- called unity β€” which is, after all, untenable, subjective and utterly counterproductive.

How about those who praised dissent for the past eight years?

I am answering “yes” on all counts. I praised dissent for the past 8 years and still think it’s patriotic.

I think partisanship is a healthy reflections of our differences – or rather – it should be. What went on during the past elections convinced me that politics blur differences – and not in a good way.

But most importantly, I agree with

Some of you must still believe that politicians are meant to serve rather than be worshiped.

It seems quite basic stuff, but it needs repeating in these times. Particularly in light of such tributes as the Hollywood produced “I pledge”


in which

Anthony Kiedis (thanks to teen daughter for identifying him) kissing his biceps (which he seems to have named Barack and Obama)

and luminaries such as Demi Moore pledge – amongst other things

“I pledge to be a servant to our president…”

Nope. It is the other way around. It was Obama who pledged – twice – to be a servant of the people.

I know it wasn’t obvious with the rhetoric coming from the White House and its media for the past 9 years that this was about public service rather than being a ruler. But this is what it is. Public service. And we are the employers, not the servants.