Dear Democrats –
You should put forward a plan to improve the ACA right now. It is the #1 issue on Americans’ minds and the Democrats are ceding it entirely to the Republicans.You can see that people liked your first try (the ACA).
Now that the people know that, why not say here’s how we think the ACA needs to be improved (medical device tax, cross state line competition (but with recipient’s home state regulatory jurisdiction), HSAs to cover deductibles). Dare Trump to come up with something better. Force him to admit that single payer is the only viable solution.
You get improved health insurance no matter what AND you might be able to snatch an issue completely away from the Republicans.
Don’t just sit there doing nothing. Like the Republicans during Obama. Just saying “no” to everything without providing an alternative or a voice or anything.
Not a dime’s worth of difference.
“Everything was going well until—plot twist—a mad man using “primitive methods” and guided by no more than the “emotions of crowds” defeated the Digital zombie. Just lopped its head off.”
The best description of the 2016 Presidential Election I’ve read. Sheer perfection. http://ow.ly/aIHu309ihwr
You NEVER waste political capital by going to the mattresses for a Secretary of Education nominee. It’s a throwaway position that you use to mollify minorities or women. Like HUD or Transportation.
I don’t care how much money she gave you for the position. Forcing your members to vote against the wishes of the American people over something that isn’t part of your core party beliefs is insane. And counterproductive.
I’m suggesting a different tact. Not only give the Democrats DeVos but join them in voting against her. Republicans know that she has no business anywhere near a cabinet position and that putting her in charge of Education is like making Cruella DeVille President of the Humane Society. Admit it. Tell President Trump you’re voting against her. Give him an opportunity to get on board. If he chooses not to then explain to the American people that you are willing to go against the President when it comes to following their wishes and protecting their children. Because you love America just…that…much.
Cue sappy music and video of waving grains
Now that you have gained capital (instead of spending it) look to the bigger fight. The DeVos forfeiture sets you up to win the big game: SCOTUS.
Giving the Democrats DeVos gives the Republicans a better chance of Gorsuch without having to go nuclear. Without DeVos’ scalp, Democrats are going to feel like they need to prove they aren’t the pushovers they obviously are. They will go to the wall to stop Gorsuch because they must. They have to do everything they can to cover their impotence with Garland.
McConnell can read the future. There will be a Democrat in the White House in 2020. There will almost definitely be a Democratic Senate in 2020. There is even a not insignificant chance of a Democratic House in 2020. The chances that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will voluntarily leave her seat before then? Zero. The President in 2020 will most likely have 2 SCOTUS seats to fill. If McConnell goes nuclear now, he will have no leverage when it comes time to fill those seats. The Democrats will waltz them through with a plain majority. If McConnell doesn’t go nuclear, the Republicans will have the filibuster to use as a tool to influence SCOTUS.
Nobody wants the nuclear option. This is definitely worth one rich old lady’s scalp.
Not feeling this weird new trend of folks demanding that celebrities, athletes, friends stop discussing politics around their sensitive little ears. That whatever thoughts or comments or feelings people might have about what is going on around them MUST be kept quiet.
I say “the more, the better”. If you don’t see what is happening now as a time to get at least involved enough in your politics to want to know what people are thinking, you just aren’t watching. The politics of now are the most influential thing in your life. That’s the way the world works whether you want to admit it or not.
You can shove or be shoved but you will be moving.
I’ve come to realize that there is a very real reason for this trend. I think the new political unrest as brought to the forefront the stark difference between the thoughts of the True Silent Majority and those that have claimed the mantle of the “Silent Majority” for all of these years. The boisterous protests and very public distaste for President Trump and his supporters has shown that those who claimed to be the “Silent Majority” were exactly what we knew they were: a Hateful Minority. And much like the racists who hate to be called racists but not enough to stop being racists, the Hateful Minority hate to be called Hateful but not enough to stop being Hateful. Just enough to hang tight to the false idea that their ideas are part of the Majority but they are the only ones brave enough to say that in the light.
Then the Silent Majority spoke.
The Hateful Minority could only maintain its fiction if the Silent Majority remained silent. It didn’t. It is standing on its feet and roaring. It is letting the world know that all of the things they have believed about America for years, is true. About America. The America which consists of the American people. It is not true about America’s government. A government which was designed by the landed gentry to be controlled by the landed gentry through elections designed to favor the landed gentry.
And now comes President Trump
The very definition of landed gentry. Rich. Spoiled. Arrogant. Narcissistic. Brick Stupid. The system made him President as it is designed to do in the absence of an overwhelming public desire to do otherwise. Landed gentry is the default. Landed gentry is the house bet. You can win against the house but not if you rely on luck. Or tradition. Clinton was the traditional bet and the house landed on her like a ton of bricks.
And so we have the Landed Gentry as POTUS. He rules as one would expect and that has caused the Silent Majority to drop the “Silent” and simply be the Majority. And speak up and out and sideways about the madness that is occurring. To not let our country go silently. To not let those that voted for the Landed Gentry OR that did not vote against the Landed Gentry forget that they are responsible for this vileness. They did this.
We will try to stop it but they did this. Don’t ever let them forget it.