Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cheshire Politics

‘But I don't want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can't help that,’ said the cat. ‘We're all mad here.’  -- Lewis Carrol

We seem to have lost the ability to self-govern, the only question is what will be its outcome?  We have become like the citizens of Rome, caught up in the Circus, placated by the battles in the Colosseum, and amazed as our Senate sits around while the Emperor fiddles. 

For eight long years, the Republicans in the Congress bitched about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and how the Democrats had worked unilaterally to pass it for the President.  When given a chance to undo it, and pass a healthcare bill that would fix the many problems we see in the ACA what have they done?  Of course, this has been made easier by the stupidity of the radical left and their resist movement where the only thing important to them is the removal of President Trump at any cost.

Since January 20th we’ve had three or four special elections to replace congressional members who’ve taken jobs with the administration.  So far, the democrats have lost all of them, but the lesson they push is they didn’t lose too bad so they actually won.  Two thoughts spring immediately to mind. 

The first, we have truly entered into the world of Lewis Carrol where up is down.  When you choose to bend the language to suit your perception of what should be rather than what is, when you become so invested in the party rather than the nation, and when you choose your candidates based not on their skill in governing, but on their radicalness what outcome should you expect?

The second – the common definition of insanity; where you keep doing the same thing, but expecting a different result.  If the DNC maintains its current leadership (a likely event), and if they continue to play to what they believe is a strong radical base there is a real likelihood there will be a Republican super majority in the Senate come 2019.  If that happens, Annie bar the door.  The problem for the DNC is actually getting those radicals to vote rather than just protest and riot.

I will be the first to admit I don’t have a clue as to what relationships and negotiations go on behind the closed doors of our Congress, but it sure appears to me there is only the smallest of bi-partisan cooperation.  The peacocks of the Congress seem much happier playing media darlings to the press and their fan base, than they actually rolling up their sleeves and hammering out a solid compromise that isn’t ideal for either party, but is in the best interests of the nation.

Unfortunately for both them and us, the news media has chosen sides.  If there is even a hint a Democrat in the Congress is working with his/her counterpart they are hung in effigy, their is home invaded, and their lives made miserable by the very people they are elected to represent.

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