Let Dems take the first step, and we will then bear no blame when we entirely blow up the Senate’s rules after we take all the reins of power. That other Republicans like Corker, McCain, Alexander, Murkowski and so on, went along, shows how much the radicals and anti-institutionalists now dominate the Republican Party. Which is sad indeed.
Ted Cruz is smart. He has always been able to talk down to people. He is now in the Senate. People are as smart as he is. He can’t talk down to anyone anymore. But he has still not accepted that in his own head. He still thinks he’s smarter than everybody else. He might be able to work a calculus problem better than I can. But he can’t legislate better than I can.
Sometimes comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence I don’t feel it as being a malicious statement.
[The default issue] is a hostage that’s worth ransoming.
The president must [..] hold absolutely firm. This time, there can be no compromise because the GOP isn’t offering any. They’re offering the kind of constitutional surrender that would effectively end any routine operation of the American government. If we cave to their madness, we may unravel our system of government, something one might have thought conservatives would have opposed. Except these people are not conservatives. They’re vandals.
Republican politicians and corporate media continue to frame the great debate of our time as “big government vs small government”. It’s an obsession. I actually think most Americans are open to both arguments even if they tend to side with one or the other most of the time. But this is not the great debate of our time. It’s an argument about how to get “there”.
The great debate of our time is not about how we get there. It’s about where we are going. And Democrats, whether you like them or not, have an answer for this question. Contemporary Republicans do not.
My desires for myself, my family, my friends and my country are actually pretty mainstream in the 21st century. I’ll take any size government that can help me achieve these things. I’ll consider any party that shares my aspirations.
The problem is not that Democrats and Republicans have competing visions for how to get “there”. It’s that Republicans are divided between those heading for an increasingly isolated and unpopular “there”, those who think we passed “there” 60 years ago and, increasingly, those who aren’t even sure where “there” is.
Small government isn’t a goal. It’s a tactic. The Republican party needs a vision. It needs to look forward. It needs to find the next thing and chase after it. It needs to convince us that it wants all Americans to have it. And it needs to prove that shrinking government is the best way to get there.
Until then, the GOP is just a cab driver who’s so invested in the argument over whether the bridge or the tunnel is faster that he forgets to ask where he’s taking you.
Governments that wage war against other countries without popular consent, even if it is only for a “short duration,” are carrying out policies in the teeth of public opposition. In so doing, they are inviting a major backlash sooner or later by exhibiting contempt for the views of the majority. That not only puts the political legitimacy of the government’s action in doubt, but it produces even deeper public distrust of our political leaders and policymakers when public opinion is so brazenly ignored. In the event that a “limited” military action leads to ever-increasing involvement in the conflict, the lack of public support for the original attack will sooner or later catch up to the administration and its supporters, and it practically guarantees that the public will have no confidence in the policy in question. That’s a poor way to govern in a representative political system, and it is a reckless way to conduct foreign policy.