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Massachusetts controls our destiny

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Somehow, in this time of hope and change and vast Democratic “Super” (lame) majorities in Congress, our nation’s fate hangs in the balance over a single special election between former nude model turned lunatic fringe birther, Scott Brown, and somewhat uninspiring, foot-in-her-mouth Democratic candidate, Martha Oakley.

If we lose, its 59-41 in the Senate (which translates to republican rule, apparently), and we’ve replaced the progressive “Lion” of the Senate, Ted Kennedy (R.I.P.), with…a tea party activist. Since republicans do the party-unity dance about 1 million times better than the Democrats (see, for example, entire year of 2009), this means that a party line vote will NEVER pass anything…EVER!  And Republicans now use the mere threat of a filibuster as a starting point on EVERY SINGLE BILL that their counterparts come up with.  Never mind the “nuclear option” to potentially eliminate the filibuster threatened during republican majorities…oh no, thats not in the cards when the tables are turned…

Its been said many times, by greater thinkers and writers than I, and now our Vice President echoes the sentiment:  “This is the first time every single solitary decision has required 60 senators. No democracy has survived needing a supermajority.”

CHANGE THE FUCKING RULES!  I’ll take the consequences.  It just means that if the situation is reversed, I can’t complain…at least about the rules.  If republicans actually steamroll some of their favorite policies through congress, fine, its the people that will turn against them…because their ideas tend to suck.  But for god’s sake…LETS GET SOMETHING DONE, PEOPLE!

No one likes to suffer the tyranny of the majority…but the tyranny of the minority is killing the team.

Ahhhh…bipartisanship, “reaching across the aisle”, hugs and kisses for all, but when the OVERWHELMING goal of the minority party becomes less to influence the action of the majority through cooperation and amendments and debate, and solely to punish Barack Obama and America for electing him…PUSH THEM ASIDE!

I suppose it could be a lesson to our Democratic overlords…this is what happens when you cave early and often, when you try to play nice, when you seek the middle ground as a starting point…

I don’t want to say goodbye to health care reform, or climate change legislation, or all that is good and bright in this Obama-world…it doesn’t have to be this way.

POSTSCRIPT:  John Stewart really, really tells it like it is


Written by D. Heffernan

January 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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