In politics, as in all of life, responsibility and response ability must go hand in hand. But right-wing ads like the ones broadcast by the “Play by the Rules PAC” demand responsibility from elected leaders while denying them the ability to respond. They make Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot responsible for violence in our streets but condemn their calls for reasonable gun control laws. Neither is a dictator who rules by fiat. Legislative bodies make the laws and ordinances. They are the ones who have the authority to respond.
On the national scene, President Biden is made responsible for fixing the inflation problem, but if, like President Nixon, he would impose price controls, the howls would be loud about “federal overreach.” That effort came to a swift end. But Trumpublicans are demanding that the president “Do something!” while denying him any tools or authority. It’s the McConnell playbook from years ago: Deny anything and everything President Obama proposes, and then mock him for getting nothing done.
The illogic and cynicism are mind-boggling.