Republicanism betrays the people
Thursday, February 7, 2019
We the people. Those are the first three words of our Constitution, then it goes on to detail the separation of powers of the three branches of our government. That is who our government is, we the people. We get the government we deserve according to our amount of participation in it. It is not a spectator sport; apathy and paralysis are not options.
But that is not how Republicans see it. Reagan famously said “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem,” and they have lived by the Grover Norquist maxim, “We do not want to eliminate government, we just want to make it small enough to drown in the bathtub.”
Republicans claim to be Constitutionalists, but it is selective, only the parts they like. They love the Second Amendment, but ignore its first four qualifying words, “a well regulated militia.” They decry socialism, which they misdefine to demonize as government ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods. Our government will never make and distribute our furniture, clothing, food, etc.
Then they go on to ignore our government’s mandate to promote and provide for our general welfare. I would think that universal health care fits into the rubric of promoting and providing for our welfare.
Republican constituency seems to be money, not citizens. Shutting the government down is playing right into their hands: they are more interested in plutocracy and oligarchy than government of, for and by the people, which is why they want to make it hard to vote as a matter of ideology. Consolidation of power into fewer hands is what they are all about, we the people be damned.
Robert W. Tyson