As the chattering classes and their various Amen Corners on Facebook are having conniptions over the fact that gridlock is a feature, not a bug, I find myself taking my usual position that if a partial furlough of self-defined non-essential workers is a big deal, it means that we have trusted far too much of our lives and identities to folks in a distant city who neither know nor particularly care who we are.
I also find myself amused at the narrative that some tiny retinue of rednecks and renegades (stylistic H/T to Safire via Agnew) is inflicting this indescribable anguish on people who want only to look at Pandacams and benefit from the transfer of wealth to people who deserve it by virtue of existing. And that brings us to the QotD, from Ben K. at the Moron HQ:
Who do these Republican[…] Representatives and Senators think they are? A opposition party that was elected to pursue the interests of the 48% of American who voted for them? A party currently in the minority whose job is to retard the President’s agenda and look out for the interests of the sizable American minority?
After all, most of these folks are the same ones who decry the cultural and political overwhelming of other minority voices. No majoritarian tyranny, they proclaim. And again, I’d like to remind everyone that just as I believe government should never be trusted with a power I wouldn’t trust my opponents to wield, I likewise want to remind the currently outraged that one day, they may need the power to gum up the works.