The Party of No(t You)

Us vs. ThemThe Republicans are called ‘The Party of No’ (by many on the left) because of the their unwavering opposition to liberals and their ideas. It must seem (to a liberal) like Republicans would oppose anything that the democrats tried to do, regardless of the proposal. It must seem (again, to a liberal) like Republicans would actually oppose proposals that they would normally support just because they were proposed by a democrat.

Well, that’s not true. It just seems that way because that’s what has happened so far. If the democrats were ever to propose something Conservative, then I’m sure they’d get Republican support for that proposal. But that’s never going to happen. Liberals are incapable of proposing anything Conservative. Even if they were to take a Republican proposal (no matter how Conservative) and submit it as their own, that proposal would no longer be Conservative.

Now I know a lot of you will not agree with that. You’ll stammer that the proposal doesn’t become Conservative or liberal depending on who submits it. You’ll eventually be able to say that the relative ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ of a proposal is independent of who submits it. That the words contain their own meaning; it doesn’t matter who speaks them. Well, that’s ridiculous and naïve. And if you don’t believe me, I can prove it with a Gedankenexperiment:

Imagine you are a Fox News anchor (it doesn’t matter which one). You are white, and Al Sharpton comes on as a guest. In the middle of a question, you use the ‘N-word’ to refer to Sharpton. How do you think that will be taken? Not well.

Now imagine that Al Sharpton is dining at Sylvia’s Soul Food in Harlem.  Do you think he would still be offended if the waiter came up and said, “Here’s your M-F’ing iced tea, N-word.”? No way. Because the meaning of the N-word changes depending on who says it. It’s the same word, but if the wrong person says it then all of a sudden you’re in a lot of trouble and have to take a cultural sensitivity class that is at the same time as Glenn Beck’s radio show, and there’s no Tivo for radio. Somebody needs to invent one of those.

Anyway, the Republicans are staying true to their core beliefs when they oppose everything that the democrats want to do. It just happens that the core belief that they’re staying true to is that if a democrat proposes it, then we have to oppose it. But there’s an easy way out, guys. The root cause here is that democrats are making these proposals themselves. I guess they think that just because they have huge majorities in both houses of Congress, that somehow that makes it okay. Whatever. But if they relied on Republicans to propose all legislation, then the democrats could pass a lot more stuff. Why am I the only one that’s thought of this?

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