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Dysfunction Dysjunction 1 of 2

October 31, 2015

This page is about the dysfunctionality of the Republican Party on the national level. I’m not going to repeat the many news articles and extensive commentary about specific instances, but within the narrative I want to offer some general observations based on them.

Certainly, it’s psycho-pathological.

I.  Because they have turned themselves into a permanent minority of the national electorate, they can only put a Republican in the White House by both energizing their base (with rabid minority views) and suppressing the Democratic vote sufficiently in strategic places that the vote count is close enough that they can steal the election with a minority, with the help of a Republican-dominated justice system. (Not likely, in 2016, because the Democrats have caught on.)

The remarkably dysfunctional aggregation of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination is simply a predictable reflection, or symptom, of the Party’s malaise.

II.  The Republicans on the Supreme Court seem to be the most stable, with their 5 Conservative majority often holding together as a block. And yet, on major decisions recently, they have not held. On marriage rights, Justice Kennedy voted with the Democrats to form a liberal majority, and Chief Justice Roberts did the same on Obamacare.

Furthermore, with a Democratic President again, in 2017, the Court will soon swing to a liberal majority of at least 5-4. Justices Kennedy and Ginsburg will retire because of age, and will be replaced with liberals. I’m thinking that it’s also possible that the liberal majority will grow to 7-2. Justice Scalia (also getting up there in age) recently remarked that he will retire when he believes that he cannot do his job. In my opinion, his sense of doing his job is to maintain a Republican-dominated, “conservative” national justice system. When he is no longer a member of the majority on the Court, he won’t be able to do that job. And when Scalia retires, Justice Thomas will follow his lead. They are still young enough to make a lot of money outside the justice system.

III. The Republicans in Congress have been able to hold themselves together as a block, only because of their vow, on the night of President Obama’s inauguration, that they would vote NO on anything and everything that he proposed (thus producing a failed presidency). Of course the result has been dysfunctional government.

III. A. In the Senate, Republicans have also been able to obstruct by refusing to approve Presidential appointees to become ambassadors, judges, and agency directors. Again, the result is dysfunctional government.

The Republicans in the Senate have, themselves, been somewhat stymied by their own members with xtreme views (and financial backers), on issues such as climate change. But those individual Senators will be much less able to disrupt and obstruct in 2017, when they are no longer in the majority.

III. B. O Lordy. I could write as much about the Republicans in the House of (non)Representatives as I’ve written about all of the rest combined. But I’ll restrain myself, and just mention that the R Party has put itself, through its own Tea Partying and gerrymandering, into a situation that reminds me of failed parliamentary systems, when the factions are so ideologically opposed to each other that even a small minority can exercise veto power to distort and paralyze the entire government.

In sum: Imagine a basketball team, of players who skipped practice, argued with the coach, hogged the ball, threw tantrums, and tripped and elbowed opponents to the floor. Etc. The “team” would be dysfunctional. It might lose a lot of games. And it would give the game a bad reputation among former basketball fans. Old School fans. Ah, but it turns out that these players think that’s just fine, because they don’t like basketball anyway. They want to be playing football. They are financed by owners of football franchises. And their fans want basketball to be a more violent sport, like football and wrestling, so they can enjoy watching it on tv.

Republicans are like those bball players; Good Government is not their game. If national government is a failure, that’s all the better for them; so they do what they can to make it fail.

That’s because America is a democracy, and only a minority of voters support the Republicans on the national level. That’s also the case on the state and local levels in many states, but at that scale a minority Party can more easily manipulate the elections, and then use government to serve its own purposes. If the billionaires and monopoly corporations who own the Republican Party were able to consistently control and use government on the national level, they would be claiming that Government should be Big, and should be financed by a mass of little people.

So the Republican strategy is not just to reduce the size of government, it is to fragment whatever remains of government. There is to be no “conjunction” of the parts, no reasonable interrelating at the junctions, such as we construct with “and,” “or,” “but.” Division and separation, especially when it is unreasonable, illogical, and passionately extreme, allows conquest by the largest block, even if it is in the minority.

I rule. You don’t. Serve me.

Psycho much?  And or but, what?

[Page 2 of this episode]

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