What The Shutdown Tells Us About …

… Modern Democrats

Minority, majority, process, or norms, it doesn’t really matter. Democrats believe they should always be in control.

The Federalist
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.


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18 Responses to What The Shutdown Tells Us About …

  1. Hardnox says:

    You bet both parties own the stupidity. As always, the adolescents win in Washington. Of course, only because the R’s are afraid of the media. Without the media, the left would be nothing.

    For once though, i am seeing a push-back from the R’s. Very encouraging. Trump has shown them how to do it.

    • Uriel says:

      I agree Hardnox had not Trump been so determined Republicans would not have found the umpf to push back

  2. That’s the smell of swamp gas, all right. Smells like death. Of a party.

  3. Wise Owl says:

    Don’t forget that the Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same, big-government, coin. When their hostility show is over for the day, they have cocktails with each other, joke, and laugh about the day’s performance, all the while bilking us of tax money and funneling it to their lobbyists.

    Look no further than McConnell and Ryan– both statists, both being obstacles to progress, and their ass-kissing cronies.

  4. Shar says:

    In the middle of all this bull bringing ear marks back came up. I guess so they can bribe each other to get some thing done. Time to pull the plug. Get rid of them all.

    • Uriel says:

      I caught that too Shar out of Trump’s own mouth. I think it was as much frustration at intractable idiots but he doesn’t get that this has always been part of the swamp that needs draining

  5. Whitetop says:

    The reason the republicans always cave is because there is no leadership in the party. McConnell, looks as confused as the kid who dropped his gum in the chicken yard, thinks the Senate is a good ole boy country club and everyone should speak kindly of each other. No wonder he always looks confused. Don’t expect great things from John Cornyn; he has always been a follower. We had John Boehner whose goal in life was to play golf with the president and sold out the American people. Then we got Paul Ryan, who is married to a liberal and carries out her dictates. He needs to be sent back to WI to go ice fishing in July.

  6. Bullright says:

    Only one word sums up their actions: Radicals. (with or without the pink attire)

  7. Shar says:

    Time for the Senate to go nuclear option and be done with it. Move every thing thru that has been backed up. The turtle needs to grow a pair asap.

  8. Uriel says:

    The way I understand it Terry said that by doing the option means one Party can totally take over the entire legislative process for at least 4 years. Think Demnuts with a reset button and every liberal agenda bill shoved through and up the arses of every citizen in the US–which Obama almost managed. UN takeover and NWO becomes our government

    • Terry says:

      I’m still fuzzy Uriel.I thought it would be on an issue-by-issue basis.
      Wasn’t the Constitution written to use a simple majority voting rule ?
      I’ve read some explanations of ‘nuclear option ‘ vote, but they aren’t real clear either.

      • Uriel says:

        Let’s go back to day one of the Senate in 1789. Neither the Constitution nor the original rules describe anything approximating a filibuster, in which a single Senator could delay a vote by holding the floor as long as he could stand. In fact, quite the opposite: an original rule specifically allowed for a simple majority to shut off debate. That rule was eliminated in 1806, yet a Brookings Institution study found that no real filibusters took place until the 1830s. Even then, most major legislation passed with simple majority votes, as Senators in the minority understood that to use the filibuster too frequently would invite a rule change.


        May give you some idea of beginning

  9. Shar says:

    Uriel, good article. I heard McCain isn’t present today for the vote so we are down one. He really needs to give up his seat and enjoy what life he has left for the good of the country.