Whether it be the news of the day or a rush to do something, one thing I have learned in my fifty-five years is impatience is not healthy. Unfortunately, we all seem to be impatient to some degree, especially with our bent for news via Twitter or Text, or mission critical need to have the newest thing first. Many of the bad decisions in my life could be traced in some way to impatience, whether it was a car accident or making too quick a judgment on something.
I was thinking about this topic with the pace and shallowness of news reporting and analysis by people who should know better. Since an analysis of our real problems is more complicated than the average attention span would warrant, we forego such analysis and report on easier grasping topics. This is one reason why we see so much news discussion around the game of politics rather than the issues. Who wins or loses over a topic is more newsworthy than the actual issue. We focus on how someone’s speech went rather than the underlying issue that is of concern.
How did Governor Christie do in his press conference? Was he convincing? My main concern would be did he do what they said he did? Or, did he create an environment in which such behavior was tolerated, if not rewarded? Did the Presidents’ speech on the NSA seem compelling? My concern is we would not be having that speech had it not been for Edward Snowden, irrespective of how one feels about him. To say otherwise, would be a stretch in my mind.
I have been reading several analyses on whether Obamacare is a failure or success. It is far too early to tell, so anyone saying it is successful or a failure is being impatient and in some respects, disingenuous. Part of the issue is the “failure” crowd is banging on the drum loudly to try to precipitate its failure, which I personally find inappropriate and offensive. The poor roll out did not help matters, but it seems those problems are more behind than in front. So, let’s see how it will do to accomplish the great need we have for our uninsureds and remedy our highest costing healthcare system on the planet which has bought us a 38th in the world healthcare quality ranking. At this point, I predict two things – it will continue to build an audience and it will continue to be a lightning rod for the naysayers, as it is not perfect.
Let me close with one final point. We have started the 2016 Presidential campaign way too early. There were some who started doing articles last January before the inauguration. With the win/ lose news coverage being the focal point, we have people who rise to the top of the wave, but then fall back. Yet, it really does not matter in January, 2014 who is running as there will likely be an issue that intervenes on that person’s candidacy. A potential candidate’s best bet is not to declare anything and stay beneath this superficial coverage until he/ she is ready and time forces a decision.
So, try to be a little more patient. When you see a news story that declares victory before the game is over (or even starts), have a healthy dose of skepticism. And, one final piece of advice that I have shared before. Be judicious with your news sources. I would strongly urge you to not get your news from extreme points of view from either side of the spectrum, as what you will be getting is a spin on the news. Remember, our issues are complex. It takes patience to understand them. So, it is better to glean your news from those who have patience and due diligence.