Headline #1: Harry Reid’s Filibuster Coup Attempt As the new year began, Harry Reid threatened to use the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate allowing the Democrats in the Senate to pass any legislation without any input from the Republican minority. Reid eventually settled for a more subtle change to the rules, which concentrates power over the Senate agenda into just two pairs of hands, his and the Senate Minority leader.
Headline #2: Do Penalties for Smokers and the Obese Make Sense? “Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits?”
Headline #3: Let’s Give Up on the Constitution “Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system, kept us from debating the merits of divisive issues and inflamed our public discourse. Instead of arguing about what is to be done, we argue about what James Madison might have wanted done 225 years ago. ”
Headline #4: Hillary on Libya: What Difference Does it Make? The outgoing Secretary of State claims that the cause of the Benghazi attack was irrelevant.
Put those four headlines together and what picture emerges?
We have the Senate concentrating power into fewer hands, resulting in more control by the leadership and less influence for the other 98 Senators. We have the press covering stories about denying care to people based on their lifestyle choices. we have a Constitutional and Law professor calling the Constitution a hindrance to government, and we have a Secretary of State claiming that knowing the cause of the murder of our Ambassador makes no difference in investigating why it happened.
Does this sound like a government that is becoming more responsive to its citizens or less? Is this a picture of a nation where the people are in charge of their government, or one where the people are controlled by their government?
One of my favorite tricks to test for the soundness of government is top picture the other party doing the same things. Would I like it or loathe it?
What do you think? Are we headed in a direction that makes you comfortable, or are you starting to get just a little bit uneasy?
Let’s talk about it.
Update: One more headline, just for fun!: Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party in which the CBS News’s Political Director, John Dickerson, advises the President to embark on a campaign to utterly dismantle the Republican Party.
Gotta love the spirit of bipartisanship among Democrats, not to mention the bias free nature of the news media!