Faces of Arrogant Minority Rule
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Having endured an unreal week of "checks" -- more like unhinged minority checkmates, defenders of majority rule must yearn for those legendary "balances" that save us from rightwing extortion. What felt first like a mugging escalated into a national home invasion, like a marathon House filibuster mercifully absent non-stop talking on Cruz control. Thank goodness, the president banned domestic torture.
If nothing breaks, thuggish House rubes trump the Senate, the White House, federal agencies, and a growing majority aghast at leaps off the cliff solely to dramatize one's purity. Who let the howling dogs in? Behind colorful depictions for this new civil war (ransom, hijacking, hostage-taking, sabotage, nullification, and coercion) looms a larger issue: whether the world's most trusted method of conflict resolution, majority rule, keeps on ruling -- or disintegrates.
For what no ultra-rightwinger can dispute, minority fulminations assert some willful scheme that defies the core sovereignty of everyone else. Other than impeachment against "the outsider," how else can cornered, sainted TP zealots avoid converse with "evil"? For many of us, figuring on a quick retreat after initial posturing, we underestimated how theocratic crusades feed on opposition, convinced they must punish wicked "enemies" they cannot subdue.
Apocalypse on Tap
Before belittling House grandstanding, remember the Senate remains the hothouse that instructs minorities how to master strangleholds. Without arcane rules or filibusters, House insurgencies are stuck with the power of the purse, even when wielded like handbags against Obama's head. No need to wait for God's apocalypse when TP fanatics can bring down apocalypse now. As polling clearly rejects the replacement of majority with minority rule, perhaps next year's mid-term will punish traitors to our credit status and belief the majority deserves to be in charge at critical times.
More painful still, malefactors face no direct punishment, short of recall or forced departures, as only the House disciplines its members. Imagine the outrage (or relief) if an equally pugnacious president sent in the Marines to deal with extortion that jeopardizes national security? Forget surgical drones: where's benevolent dictatorship when we need it?