Thursday, January 15, 2009

You think it's one way, but it's the other way.

We're all too familiar with the ways in which the Democrats spinelessly caved in to Republican assholery on a frightfully large percentage of issues in the past eight years. Some of this was due to...well, spinelessness, obviously. Some of it to general lack of principle. But I like to think that at least some of it was out of a naive and misapplied sense that, as elected officials, they had some sort of obligation to actually do something--to get the people's work accomplished, even when it meant hideous ninety-percent-capitulation "compromises." I think that's what all that "bipartisanship" talk was about. As I said: not a good way to do things, but at least theoretically laudable, inasmuch as it's demonstrative of some kind of vestigial sense of civic responsibility.

Well, we clearly don't have to worry about THAT anymore. Not that it should be a surprise or anything, but it's still pretty amazing the extent to which, now that they're out of power, the Republicans have positioned themselves as a purely negative force with the single-minded, robotic goal of obstructing, bothering, and ideally destroying the Democrats in any way possible. They don't even pretend to care about, oh I don't know, the well-being of the country? The poor, feeble-minded schmucks who elected them? Any of that stuff they it's theoretically their JOB to do? HA. Just look at this Minnesota stupidity: it's obvious that their boy lost, and he lost in an entirely fair and transparent manner. So what's the response? Obstruct obstruct obstruct while shouting THIEF!!!! absent any evidence whatsoever of foul play. The only thing this can conceivably accomplish is to temporarily deprive Minnesotans of representation and undermine faith in the democratic process. You could try pointing out that this would seem to be a BAD THING for everyone, regardless of party affiliation. But you would be wrong. It's only a bad thing if you care about the country. Otherwise, it's Party Über Alles. It amazes me that I'm still capable of amazement at the endless, unplumbed depths.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous pontificated to the effect that...

If there's one good thing about their limitless assholery, it's that maybe they'll also try to obstruct Obama if he tries to do something bad. Although they let Clinton attack Serbia, so I think they like war even more than they hate Democrats.

- SK

10:18 AM  
Blogger GeoX pontificated to the effect that...

It's an interesting question: which do they hate more, anything Democrats do, or anything non-evil? I suppose we'll probably get to find out, one way or another.

3:17 PM  

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