Saturday, March 27, 2010
Who Put Partisanship 1st In Washington?
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
www.Paltalk News Network.com
In the weekly Republican address, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats of putting partisanship first and acting against the will of the people by voting for health care reform. But who really put party first and country second?
There were some Democrats who voted no on the legislation. So their votes were based on what they thought was right - their party be damned.
But no Republicans broke ranks. Not a single Republican representative or senator voted for the bill.
How is this possible? Is the bill so atrocious that not a singled Republican favored it? Or is it possible that it was the Republicans - not the Democrats - who put party first?
And how do we come to the conclusion that the Democrats violated the will of the people? When Barack Obama was running for office, did he not promise health reform legislation? Was it not a key component of his campaign's domestic policy? And didn't the public vote him into office?
So hasn't the will of the public been satisfied?
If any segment of the public has the right to claim that the legislation ignores their will its those who favored a single payer program. That's what they thought Obama was promising. And that's what they voted for in November.
Now the Tea Party is scrambling to help the Republicans oust those who voted for the bill. The front page of www.teaparty.org is dedicated to finding people to run against every single member of Congress who voted for the legislation.
If they, and the Republicans, are successful in ousting those Democrats who voted for health reform in November, then McConnell can claim that the bill ignores the people's will. But for those who are - figuratively - riding through the streets of Concord on horseback warning that the end of the Constitution is coming - remember this. That very Constitution that you claim has been "shredded" by the Democratic Party provides a political system that works.
The United States is a republic. Which means we elect people to represent us in Congress. They vote on our behalf. We don't vote on every piece of legislation that's proposed. They do.
If we feel our members of Congress represent us correctly, we re-elect them. If we don't - we fire them. We get the opportunity to re-evaluate these employees every two years - and to replace those who don't represent us at the ballot box.
That's what the Founding Founders had in mind when they created the Constitution.
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