… Modern Democrats
Minority, majority, process, or norms, it doesn’t really matter. Democrats believe they should always be in control.
David Harsanyi, Senior Editor
January 19, 2018
Democrats, it seems, may precipitate a government shutdown this week. They’re able to do this because, despite their own best efforts, in the United States, the minority party has a genuine ability to participate in governing the nation. It’s one of our system’s authentic strengths.
Then again, this episode — and many others over the past nine years — reveal something else about the modern Democratic Party: Minority or majority, it doesn’t really matter to them. Process and norms? Largely irrelevant. Not only do they believe it’s undemocratic for elected Republicans to vote against a Democrat president’s agenda when in the minority they believe it’s undemocratic for Republicans to vote for a tax bill even after winning both houses of Congress and the presidency.
Basically the existence of the Republican Party itself is undemocratic, because for many liberals “democracy” is nothing but a synonym for whatever hobbyhorse they’re focused on at the moment.
Yesterday, the House passed a short-term extension of government funding after President Donald Trump pressure a handful of reluctant members to sign on, ensuring the GOP could pull together enough votes to get it done. Around virtually the same time, NBC News was reporting that Democrats had the votes to block any spending bill in the Senate to prevent Republicans from keeping the government open.
Democrats blame the GOP solely for the shutdown. Yet, any person with even rudimentary understanding of American governance knows that’s not how this works. A minority can shut down the government — which amounts to very little but a paid vacation for non-essential government workers. In this case, they’re helping to do it because of an ancillary issue. Democrats will block the longest-ever extension of the CHIP program, because they believe it politically expedient to connect the DACA issue to the funding debate. Perhaps it’s good politics. We’ll see.
No matter what position they find themselves in, however, it seems that Democrats treat all their positions as moral imperatives, and any pushback as apostasy rather than disagreement. They think of policy aims as you might think of natural rights. Vox’s Ezra Klein summed up the liberal faith rather well with this tweet:
“On Earth 2, where the candidate who gets more votes becomes president, we’re doing criminal justice reform and infrastructure rather than turning DACA and CHIP into crises for no reason whatsoever.
— Ezra Klein January 18, 2018”
So on Earth 2 there is a one-party state with one election were the minority has no right to be heard or participate in governing — well, as long as that one party happens to be the Democratic Party. On Earth 2, liberal programs are the only ones under discussion, no matter how they are instituted. Conservatives issues are mere distractions, no matter who has the majority in Congress. On this Earth, Klein, who was once a strong advocate for doing away with the filibuster when it would have empowered Barack Obama to circumvent the minority in the Senate, now avoids the topic and instead argues for direct democracy.
Or, perhaps, he is arguing for any process that offers the Democratic Party the control it needs to dictate policy.
He’s not alone. As The Daily Caller points out, Minority leader Schumer helpfully used a hypothetical about immigration on ABC News’ “This Week” in 2013 to argue that shutdowns were immoral. “You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘We’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.”
…while Democrats are imbued with plenty of power in the minority, they don’t get to dictate the contours of every debate.
Read the entire article HERE.
It never ceases to boggle my mind that a political party like the Democrats can be the minority and scream and wail yet the Republican party which is in the majority caves not once or twice but EVERY time.
It never ceases to reinforce my opinion of Democrat “bs” when they do become the majority and still get nothing done except to pad their own pockets.
It completely goes beyond my understanding that a newly elected official takes an oath of office for congress to speak for constituents and to take care in the discharge of their duties; but, continue with party affiliations rather than that they were honored with the task of representing the people in their states to put forth good governance. I am heartily sick of this partisanship caca. Drop the damn party affiliation at the coat closet for the oath of office.
The DEMOCRATS own this shutdown….but ALL of CONGRESS owns the stupidity, procrastination, and irresponsibility displayed over the last year.
President Trump is not the problem so much for his tweets as the very fact that he exists in the position. He is merely a horsefly distraction.
It is Democrats and traitorous RINOS who since the first day after general election 2016 have done their dead level best to discredit, create chaos, and remove a duly elected President because they can’t accept that anyone other than Hillary should be sitting in the oval office. They can’t accept even more that their carefully laid plans to turn over our country to globalist and the UN was thwarted by a brash, plebian, poster child for middle class rather than elites. They can’t accept that their darkest secrets are oozing to light as Trump tromps through the swamp with his handy-dandy laser beam flashlight and his refusal to back down.
Their tricks, lies, finangles, and corrupt activities have all been spilled out for the voters to see like so much garbage in a packed container. Its smell is reminiscent of “eau de sulfur” or rotten eggs. Every day brings out more disgusting information.
Frankly if I had my druthers all of these rattlesnakes would be walking through DC with their shoulders clad in wooden stocks and their legs shackled together. The end of their journey – a one-way ticket to the Sun.