Timothy Egan in the NYTimes says it’s time for the Obama administration to “cowboy up,” whatever the heck that means.
Get tough, I suppose. Quit letting a majority of 41 votes in the Senate boss around a minority of 59. What is this rot?
There are a couple of interesting notes about this. If you look at Egans piece (here!) you may follow along.
For one, I agree, this nonsense of letting 41 votes hold a veto over the majority is past its usefulness. It’s not a law, it’s not in the Constitution, it’s just a procedural rule the Senate made and what the Senate made, the Senate can change. Time to change it. I’ve seen good arguement that it’s even unconstitutional, since the Constitution does set aside those special things that need a super-majority — impeachements, for one — and voting on regular bills isn’t one of them.
What? You say these aren’t votes? They’re debate rules? Even worse. Letting one senator hold a veto over the entire nation is beyond obscene. Senators didn’t used to do this, they used to have some respect for the will of the people. In this new environment, where winning for your side and to hell with the country is what it’s all about, that rule is making things worse.
When the Dems used it against him, Sen. Orrin Hatch would scream for an “up or down vote” on judicial nominations. If he was right then, he’s got to be right now. Needless to say, Sen. Hatch had his irony bone removed years ago, along with his hypocricy gland and his citizenship gene.
Will this happen? No. As I said, this isn’t about the good of the country, it’s about senators using power to be, well, senators.
These guys think of themselves as the new royalty. It doesn’t matter who’s in power. The Democrats don’t have the spine to give up power, any more than the GOPs do. And do it for the good of the country?
Never happen because what we have is a political system grown so narcissistic on donations (read: bribes) and power that those guys really, honestly do think that their perks and power are necessary for the continuation of the nation. Either that or they don’t give a rat’s patoot about us.
I find, some days, I really think the latter is the case. This makes me sad. America was such a nice concept.
Second, why did the people in Massachusetts vote for a Republican? In Egan’s fine column he quotes a few who call themselves democrats who say that they’re unhappy because here we are a whole entire year later and the economy still hasn’t rebounded!
In previous columns I called Americans a bunch of weenie whiners. Those people sure are. It took us eight years of profligate borrowing and spending to get into this mess and Americans are so spoiled, so weenie, that they get really miffed if things aren’t fixed in 12 months?
These must be the same people who thought nuclear war was survivable because, heck, how long can it take to rebuild New York City? A couple of years, max? No sweat.
Are Americans really that stupid? That spoiled? That ignorant of the magnitude of the unholey mess created by the Bush Administration’s policy of “borrow borrow borrow and spend spend spend and everyone get into debt?”
Apparently they are. Disgusting.
I would warn any and all who gloat now about gloating too long or too loud. If the Dems do find their spines (they’re around here somewhere) they may become as intransigent as the GOPs, and then you’ll end up with a Senate, and a Congress, that is completely powerless. In a situation like that the appeal of someone to “Make the Trains Run On Time,” as it were, becomes very powerful indeed.
Il Duce did just that in Italy, and I’m sure he talked about God and Country and Freedom for Italians while he did so.
I’m not predicting who the American dictator will be, but it will be someone, unless we the people take our elected representatives out behind the woodshed and beat some sense into them.
A deadlocked Congress has no power at all, and we’re heading that way.
Every tea bagger who demonizes a liberal, every left winger who demonizes the folks on the right, every citizen who fails to condemn his or her Senator for allowing this obscene 40-vote “majority” to run the country, no matter what the issue is at stake, pounds another nail into the coffin burying the rotton corpse that used to be represenatative democracy.