Sunday, January 8, 2023

Bill Crawford: Bipartisanship v. Factionalism Kicks Off New Year

 Right out of the gate in 2023 the juxtaposition of images was stark.  

There were Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic President Joe Biden standing next to each other in Kentucky praising the bipartisan infrastructure bill. There were Republican and after Republican in the House disparaging the bill and condemning McConnell and 18 other Republican senators who voted for it. (Sen. Roger Wicker was one of them.)

There was the Senate calmly electing Democratic Sen. Patty Murray as President Pro Tempore by unanimous consent. There was the House in frantic turmoil unable to elect its Speaker.

There were 20 or so Republican fanatics in the House denying the Speaker position to Rep. Kevin McCarthy time after time and saying they were representing the “will of the American people.” There were the other 202 or so Republicans in the House backing McCarthy and saying no they represented the will of the people. Then there were 212 Democrats in the House backing Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and saying, of course, that they represented the will of the people.

Fascinating that the will of the people could change stripes so quickly so often. The opposite of fascinating that just 20 House members could so easily shutdown Congress. Without a Speaker, the House could not function and Congress could not enact legislation.

Of course, nothing positive was said about bipartisanship in the House.

Nobody seems to pay attention to our nation’s founders any more. But I’ll put this out there any how.

President George Washington warned about political parties in his Farewell Address: "However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

He also warned about factionalism: "The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism."

Future President James Madison censured factionalism in The Federalist Papers - #10: “The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils (by factions), have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations.”

Images of bipartisanship in the Mississippi Legislature look dim this election year. On the other hand, images of factionalism among Republicans appear likely with issues such as abolishing the personal income tax and extending Medicaid for postpartum care the triggers.

Happy New Year!

“For many false prophets have gone out into the world” – 1 John 4:1.

Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Jackson



Anonymous said...

The GOP majority will not last thru the end of the year. Several will resign or switch to Independent. The extreme rebels are going to give them no choice.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of drivel.
The deep state stands before the nation, naked and exposed thanks to Elon.
A tiny bit off pushback from a few patriots and the deep state cries out as if these public servants shouldn’t do their job and representing their electorate!

Anonymous said...

You and Elon won't share the same ward in the psych unit no matter how much support you give his delusions of grandeur and infallibility.

Anonymous said...

You never go full MAGAtard, everyone knows that.

Anonymous said...

Bill Crawford, three days older than dirt, and still too dumb to see the uni-party in Washington, D.C.

Don Drane said...

@ 12:30 - It really pisses you off that Musk has pulled back the curtain that previously closeted democrat treason, doesn't it.

Seek help. It's available.

Anonymous said...

This is all drivel including the posts above. $31T in debt equals more than $90K for every man, woman, and child including illegals.

With all the government handouts and the younger generations more interested in social media than work, we are toast!

Whether it’s 2 years or 20 years it’s going to be ugly!

Anyone want to dispute me? Please explain how we turn it around!

Anonymous said...

@3:20 - By posting/bitching about it anonymously on a shitty blog, of course.

Anonymous said...

People don't want to work because they've figured out all their hard work has done is turn billionaires into multi billionaires, while our infrastructure crumbles, healthcare drops in quality and costs more, and their 401Ks (if they have them) go down the tubes. The only way to turn this thing around is with the tax code, and both Republicans and Democrats are there, primarily, to protect the billionaires and their business interests. Things will continue to decline, regardless of the party in charge, until we start demanding accountability from our elected officials, regardless of party. The elites have done a wonderful job of "divide and conquer" in this country.

Anonymous said...

We have a currency backed by nothing more than the debt ledger owed by the US Taxpayer. What do you think backs the US Dollar? Did you think it was gold or silver? We can’t ever pay off the debt. It must increase forever and ever.

Anonymous said...

4:37. The tax revenue collections are setting new records every quarter yet they are spending $1-2T more every year! If you think we can tax the rich into prosperity you are lying to yourself and the rest of us!!! Government is WAY too big!

Anonymous said...

Gold and Silver are chump change. The only way to 'turn it around' is to prop our currency up based on a per-gallon value of water in the Mississippi River.

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