Top Democrats are planning to block some of Trump’s cabinet nominees, or at least make the process a living hell.
The writing was on the wall for this one, but it bears some deeper inspection.
Of course the dems can break out the whole “But you’ve done it for eight years!” when republicans get all up and antsy about blocking governmental processes – these last two terms, the republican cabal has demonstrated it’s utter unwillingness to put country before politics and created an environment on capitol hill that is both disrespectful and defiant to our governing processes.
But here’s the sticking point as we move forward: Where the republicans obstructed the workings of the political machine simply out of rebellion and stubbornness for not getting ‘their man’ in office (and for having an intellectual, African-American in office), the democrats are (and must) be poised to obstruct on the basis that some things are entirely unhealthy for our nation, unconstitutional, or completely oligarchical.
So while democrats can claim they’re only doing what the republicans have done, they also need to proclaim the distinction that the reasoning is wholly different. Republicans were (are still?) motivated by a disdain of anything progressive, forward thinking, or productive for the middle class. Democrats, seemingly, are so far motivated by keeping the democracy from becoming an outright plutocracy; and if Donald’s tweets, cabinet picks, and continued refusal to heed political protocol are an indication, chances are the party will have to dig it’s heels in steadfastly to save some semblance of America as we’ve known it the past two hundred fifty years.
The Warrens and Sanders and Cardins and Feinsteins of the party will have to be wise in this strategy though. They’ll need to choose their battles carefully, in other words. The past eight years have worn out the populace, (We shouldn’t be surprised that half our fellow citizens didn’t vote last month. I understand, somewhat, how they have given up.) so taking every thing to the floor would be a mistake.
We are in for a long, tiring, trying, and contentious four years. Here’s to wisdom, the ability to focus on the bigger picture, and the constitution.