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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Republican Party Is No Longer a Major Party: Beginning Evidence

A sub-theme of The Musical Patriot has been and will continue to be that the Republican Party is no longer a major party, certainly not a responsible political party.  Articles in the press and media along these lines are beginning to pile up.  There are one or two in today's Washington Post. 

There has been an imperious announcement from Sen. John McCain that contrary to long-standing custom the Republicans will supposedly not even consider any Supreme Court nominee put forward by a President Clinton.  This outrageous assertion can mean only one thing:  Republicans are no longer seriously interested in participating in the leadership of the country unless one of their own is an occupant of the White House, even if that person were to be someone McCain himself has disavowed.  Or perhaps McCain has not thought of it this way.

And this is the scary thing.  Republicans have trouble thinking of what is best for the country.  There are exceptions to this, of course.  But all too often Republicans seem only to want power for the sake of power.  There is a disdainful and even noxious attitude toward what it takes to participate in democratic government.  It is this attitude which raise red flags for me and others.

McCain, a Senator who took months to reject Trump, deigns to try to dictate to the entire Senate which White House occupants get to have their nominees considered.  This clear departure from long, long tradition -- a tradition flowing from the Constitution itself -- is shockingly dangerous and not to be condoned in any fashion.


Reference article:
McCain's Unprecedented Blocking of Presidential Nominees

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