A friend of mine recently stated public disdain for the influx of political stories and posts in the media and social media. I also long for the days that the police beat filled my 10 o’clock news and pictures of my friends’ food overwhelmed my social media feed. America has been swamped by Trump stories for over two years, and I would love for it to end. However, I find some bit of solace that stories of White House and its Administration still resonate with the public. Never in my lifetime has the public been so engrossed in politics. I have never seen so many amateur lawyers, political scientists, and activists who are taking well-informed positions on American politics. Recently U.S. Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned, which made the national headlines. Can you name any of President Obama’s press secretaries (OK, I can, but I am a polysci nerd). Spicer’s name was even suggested for ABC’s next season of the hit show Dancing with the Stars. We live in an age where many Americans can rattle off the names of many U.S. Cabinet positions such as Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Steve Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos, and Ben Carson.
Never in recent history has the public placed the President and the U.S. Cabinet under such close watch. It makes sense. Imagine a night at your favorite restaurant to find out that management had changed. Although management had changed many times over the years that you frequented the establishment, it had previously never affected your experience. However, this change was different, because you learned that the new manager was a self-absorbed petty Machiavellian twelve-year-old with a quick temper and no training in cooking or managing restaurants. You then found out that all of the assistant chefs that he hired were equally unqualified, and had a history of stealing food and contaminating food products. If in the restaurant there rested a glass window between your table and the kitchen, would you take a few minutes to keep an eye on and scrutinize the chefs? Especially if you noticed that the owner started to swing around knives above his head and around the restaurant tables just for fun? I sympathize for my friend and for everyone else who tires of the national headlines and social media posts from Washington. My advice to you is to hang on a little longer, because it is for the greater good. We are all learning to be chefs; that is what democracy is about, and we are the ones who need to keep our restaurant accountable for what happens in the kitchen.