To many on the left, including a number of leading members of the Democratic Party, whenever Republicans try to block big-government initiatives, they’re engaging in obstruction, as if progress requires ever more state interference in our lives.
They never seem to grasp that we believe the best way forward is with the least amount of government necessary to establish justice and insure domestic tranquility. Progress comes not from the machinations of legislators and bureaucrats but through the actions of individuals and the private institutions we form in order to improve our lot and enjoy the benefits of mutual association
When conservatives try to legislate according to such progressive ideas, even if they know they are unlikely to see such legislation enacted given the conditions of the 112th Congress, Democrats are quick to describe their motivations as duplicitous or otherwise underhanded. Just listen to what my Congressman (who himself has not worked in the private sector since the president was in grade school) has to say about the incoming House majority:
“I think what [Republicans are] going to do is try to keep on dramatizing the issues that they think are helpful to them,” [Henry] Waxman said. “The next two years I expect all their actions to be campaign oriented…. They’re all about messaging, they’re all about power, they’re all about politics. What they don’t seem to be concerned about is governing.”
So, you mean, trying to push the issues that matter to conservatives does not manifest a concern about governing? Wonder why ol’ Henry just can’t accept that maybe, just maybe, they seek convey the message that they have heard those voters’ concerns as they use their power to act in accordance with the popular will and to advance the national interest. I think that’s what called trying to govern.
While the president (and other Democrats) may not support the agenda they push and may prevent them from enacting it, Republicans will at least be pushing an agenda they campaigned on this past fall, a campaign which resulted in Republican gains in both houses of Congress.
Guess it’s those gains which makes Henry so upset. And that he won’t wield the power in the incoming Congress he once wielded in the outgoing one. And that most people outside his district aren’t too happy with the way he and his colleagues wielded their power (when they had it).
(H/t: Viking the Kitten)