Murphy's Law applied to government
February 1, 2010 | My fellow Americans— We are in deep shit. The problems we face as a nation are enormous, difficult, and many. The people we have sent to Washington to solve them have shown themselves incapable and/or unwilling to do anything constructive.
The Republican party that for eight years ran the country into the ground and were punished at the polls, made the cynical calculation to regain power not by making themselves look good but by making the Democrats look bad. It's so bad that recently several Republicans voted against legislation they themselves had sponsored!
The Democratic party, with overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, in addition to controlling the White House, has proven itself feckless and every bit as ideological as their counterparts in the Republican party. In the Senate, they frittered away a whole year on healthcare while trying to placate and satisfy the whims of Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, et al. George W, with far slimmer majorities, rammed measure after measure through Congress during his term.
The Senate, where Democrats held a filibuster-proof 60 votes, has become the place where good ideas go to die. Harry Reid, between putting his foot firmly in mouth, has been absolutely rolled by Mitch McConnell and the Republican party of No. I'd like to see him call their bluff; let them filibuster. I suspect that most people simply don't realize how often Reid has withdrawn legislation under threat of a filibuster.
McConnell, Kyl, and Cornyn have no upper lips, stiff or otherwise!
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, President Obama held onto the hope that he could change the way Washington works by playing a less imperious role than his predecessor George W and by — gasp! — letting the legistlative branch actually legislate (for example, healthcare reform), but he kept turning the other cheek long after it became obvious that the Republicans weren't going to support anything, anything at all. He's been all about carrots and not nearly enough about sticks.
Over at the Supreme Court, a majority of conservative ideological justices is bent on activist legislating from the bench, all their pious disavowal of doing just that during their confirmation hearings notwithstanding. Yet nary a word about "activist judges" escapes Republican lips.
And my fellow Americans in large numbers have succumbed to the lies and distortions being foisted upon them by cynical politicians and right-wing media and have forgotten why they elected Barack Obama in the first place. Oh, just because I voted for you, it didn't mean you should actually try to do what you said you would! Clinging to their slogans and buzz-words, they nurse their anger and threaten to make the situation much, much worse by electing charlatans and demagogues.
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