The greatest challenge faced by our American society today is not partisanship--it's teamism. That's the belief that something is okay when done by your political party, but bad when the other political party does it. It's the ultimate "ends justify the means" philosophy.
The latest Obama Administration scandals are a test of teamism. And so far, teamism is prevailing. Nate Silver reports that President Obama's approval rating is holding steady despite the scandals.
Silver attributes that to an improving economy. I attribute it to teamism.
There was a time when we, as an American people, each possessed a certain ideology. As citizens, though, we understood that our government was meant to serve us, not to rule us, and we all viewed politicians and political power with a healthy sense of skepticism.
But now we train all our fire on the opposing political party. So, if it's your "team" that's committing the transgression (say, like, violating the first amendment), well, it's not so bad if you disagree with the ideology being targeted. Just yesterday, in the midst of the AP and IRS scandals, some of my Democratic friends were calling for a radio host to be jailed for expressing reprehensible views. You know, like that guy who created the video that DIDN'T inspire the Benghazi attack.
When I was growing up, bipartisan married couples joked about their differing ideologies--they'd often say, "we cancel each other out." Now folks wonder how Tara and I can continue to be happily married. That's says something about the toxic environment in which we express our political views these days.
As citizens, we should be true to our principles, be they conservative or liberal, and hold government accountable for operating within those principles. Deciding that we are only concerned when our principles are being violated by the OTHER party is a threat to the continued preservation of our freedom.