tyranny of the minority
Steven Weber, yes that Steven Weber, posts on occasion at HuffPo, and at Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog! Go! Mr Weber can fucking rant! Its usually a rant against the right, and he usually says what I want to say, only with more pizazz.
Mr Weber’s latest, Republicans: The Damned Truth and The Truth Be Damned, is no different, dragging the husk of a once proud Republican party into the sunlight;
No alternative plans, suggestions, advice. No involvement, curiosity, no moments of introspection. Allowing violently disposed fringe elements to steer policy when that job used to be the bailiwick of legislators and operatives schooled in poly-sci. It’s an approach that begs the question:
Do Republicans actually like Democracy?
I don’t think they do. They don’t give a fuck about the Will of the People, and what plans they have come up with have been ridiculed, like their april fool’s budget:
When the House Republican leadership with great fanfare initially released the GOP budget proposal in late March, it was greeted with guffaws. The 19 page outline was detail-free, failing even George W. Bush’s test (“It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”).
Or their “jobs” plan:
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington the day before President Obama’s “jobs summit,” Cantor outlined what he called “a no-cost jobs plan.”
Let’s pause, for a second, to appreciate the brilliant rhetorical framing. A no-cost jobs plan! Without adding a single dime to the deficit, the Republican’s plan will ameliorate the worst unemployment crisis in 30 years. One wonders how a political party capable of such innovative thinking ever lost its hold of power.
To recap: Cut regulations. Freeze spending. Cut taxes. No new taxes. That’s the plan.
I would really, really love to have access to an alternative universe in which Cantor’s plan could have been applied this past year, in parallel with our world, in which the economy was injected with a massive stimulus, so we could compare the efficacy of the two approaches in real time.
without the stimulus, judging from the CBO report, one can assume that the economy would still be contracting, and unemployment would be higher than it is now. But in Eric Cantor’s world, with Republicans in control, slashing regulations and freezing spending, we’d be better off.
As to any ideas presented by this centrist president, all they do is say No! and scream “socialist!” Mr. Weber has an idea why.
Even after realizing that Obama, master of many things they aren’t, is also demonstrating a centrist rather than a dreaded leftist approach to governance, in many ways incorporating aspects which they themselves have favored in the past, to put forward his workable agenda as opposed to the armageddon/fascist/socialist dystopia the frothing Republican mouthpieces warned of, they still refuse to play.
Damn vexing! So, what could it be?
Hmm. Could it… is it because… oh, I don’t know… is it because he’s…
The new health care legislation? It incorporates a plethora of GOP ideas/amendments, and they voted “No!” The Stimulus? It had plenty of republican influence (30% of it was tax cuts! Only these cuts were aimed at the middle class, and republicans hate the middle class), and they voted “No!” I don’t know if its because President Obama is black, or because he’s a Democrat. I lean towards the latter. The GOP would be behaving the same way if Mr. Obama were white. It isn’t the man, nor is it the policies they are against. They are terrified that this president, and the democratic majorities, will be successful.
A comment over at Cesca’s place on the Weber post sums the conservative mindset:
Oh, they despise democracy. You can tell that they do because their latest buzzphrase is “tyranny of the majority.”
Any discussion I’ve had with a right-winger recently, especially over at HuffPo, has led to this. I try to explain how democracy works, that the “government” is not a malevolent external force or arbitrary power-wielding but an expression and extension of the popular will (We the People and all that), that winning elections means you get to decide what policies to pursue and enact, etc., and I get this “tyranny of the majority” nonsense.
I hate to use equivalencies to point such things out, but was it “tyranny of the majority” when George W. Bush took us to war despite the large and vocal protests against it? Was it “tyranny of the majority” when the GOP Congress impeached Bill Clinton despite poll after poll showing the public was overwhelmingly against it?
“Tyranny of the majority,” in a country that is supposed to be a representative democracy, of, by and for the People, is just a fancy phrase for selfishness, solipsism, and sore loserdom.
They just can’t stand the fact that they lost. The country, despite what they screech to the conservative media, is not a center-right country, and soundly rejected the GOP/conservative agenda in two wave elections, and put a black man, named Barack Hussein Obama, the White House.
To quote Jon Stewart, “i think you might be confusing tyranny with losing… It’s supposed to taste like a shit taco.” It isn’t the “tyranny of the majority” cons, it is the Will of the People. Get used to it. Although, with all the obstruction, especially by the Senate republicans (over 200 bills that have passed the House, are waiting in the Senate), the American People are suffering from tyranny. Of a sad, bitter minority.