When trying to make sense of reflexive criticism of the party in power by the party out of power keep in mind an old quote by the Duke of Wellington from the era of the Napoleonic Wars:
I am very certain that his wishes & efforts for his party very frequently prevent him from doing that which is best for the Country; & induce him to take up the cause of foreign powers against Britain, because the cause of Britain is managed by his opponents.
- Duke of Wellington
Critics who offer constructive alternatives for a policy are too rare. Critics who reflexively oppose, misrepresent, and argue positions that would make conditions even worse are in much greater supply. One big reason for this is the desire for power for their faction.
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