Friday, October 18, 2013

When inferior is not surprising. . . and how we got here

(photo credit: Senate Democrats via photopin cc)

Once upon a time, before witnessing the shutdown and near default of these United States, our federal government was controlled by Democrats. But, as is often the case with life and particularly true in politics, all that seems too good to be true is, in fact, too good to be true. For though the White House and both houses of Congresses were technically ruled by team blue, one pesky little fact remained: the Senate filibuster.

A nation enthused from an historic election that brought a wave of Democratic "control" to Washington soon grew weary of the less than perfect results of governing. And nowhere was this more clear than on the issue of health care. There is no need to rehash the health care debate. Yes, if one lesson is learned from this shutdown debacle, please let it be an understanding that there is no need to rehash the health care debate. But, if we only knew then what we know now, perhaps our lives would be so much easier.

What we know now is that inferior politicians don't create inferior policy. On the contrary, the role of an inferior politician is not to propose inadequate government, rather it's to do away with government all together. So, when a Tea Party candidate says they want to shrink the size of government, you'd best believe that what they really want to do is kill the whole thing. And when such promises are made amidst a sea of snarling, low information, low patience voters, the proper response is not to dwell on the eccentricities of a political movement's penchant for revolutionary-era garb, but to stop them before they get their hands on power.

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