Humanoid Turtle Speaks, Doesn’t Understand Irony

Democrats in the House of Representatives are trying to pass HR1, a sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights bill which looks to expand access to ballots, make Election Day a national holiday, and force super-PACs to reveal their donors. As things stand now, it’s unlikely that will become law anytime soon. Republicans still hold power in the Senate and in the White House and at this point, they know that their hold on power rests on keeping as many people from voting as possible.

The Republicans are a minority party, only about 30-40% of the country supports them and probably half of those people only do so because they been told for decades by Fox News and right wing radio that they should hate Democrats. As more and more people are getting wise to the scam that Republican economic policy only benefits the already rich, their support continues to erode.

In response to this, the Republican party has decided to restrict or dilute voting as much as possible. They’ve done this through gerrymandering, voter suppression, and purging. When all else fails they ignore the will of the people by stripping power from incoming administrations of any power to undo their policies. They’ve been trying to do in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan when recent elections didn’t go their way.

Needless to say, no legislation to expand access to the ballot box is going to make it through the Republican controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s racist uncle, Mitch McConnell went to the Senate floor earlier this week to (unintentionally) put all of his cards on the table saying:

“Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues are advertising it as a package of urgent measures to save American democracy. What it really seems to be is a package of urgent measures to rewrite the rules of American politics for the exclusive benefit of the Democratic Party.”

McConnell also went on to mock the idea of a national Election Day holiday and slagging on  federal employees over a provision that would give them six extra days of leave if they worked polling places. Suggesting that lazy government “bureaucrats” don’t need any more days off.

Keep in mind that the Senate was only in session for about 160 days last year and McConnell just helped Donald Trump keep the government shut down for 35 days. Forcing may of those government workers to work without pay for over a month.

And he wants to suggest federal workers are lazy? What a scumbag.

Although he is partially right. A federal election holiday would be a power grab. It would allow the people to take back some of the power that the Republicans (and many Democrats) have given to the rich over the last several decades. And in fairness, it would probably benefit the Democrats now that some in the party are beginning to move the party away from the donor class and back toward the citizens.

If the Republicans want to survive as a party, maybe they should follow suit.

Well, That Happened

With victories in key U.S. Senate races in Iowa, West Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky, the Republicans seized control of the upper chamber of Congress for the first time since 2006.

Joni Ernst won last night. The woman whose campaign ads had her pointing guns at the camera and promising to “unload on Obamacare.” She talked about castrating pigs in her ads. And she’s now one of the 100 supposedly exemplary Americans who can call themselves United States Senators.

Rick Scott was reelected governor of Florida. Rick Scott was found guilty of 14 felonies for running a healthcare company as a criminal enterprise. He had to pay the government back $600 million he bilked from it and he’s now been elected to run Florida, twice.

Mitch McConnell has spent the past four years doing nothing but, well, nothing. He’s basically just sat around with his arms crossed in the hope that it will in some way lead to the President of the United States being punished for his obstinance and incompetence.

And you know what? It worked. For years now the GOP has deliberately sabotaged the government to the point of near collapse (literally, a couple of times), and it was all done with the idea that the crazier they behaved the more the public they’re supposed to serve would be likely to blame it on the guy in the White House.

And god damn if that gambit didn’t pay off in spades. The Republicans have been rewarded by the people of this country for refusing to do their jobs, for turning every little thing into an Impeachment Level Event (and you already know that’s coming now that they have both houses, right?) and for setting out from the very beginning to purposely thwart the perfectly reasonable centrist in the White House at every turn and cast him as an illegitimate Kenyan terrorist anti-Christ.

Joseph de Maistre famously said that every nation gets the government that it deserves and it sure as hell looks like this the government we deserve. If we’re this clueless, this easily swayed by the narrative whiplash of social media meme culture and this easily willing to forgive such corruption and stupidity, then we’ve earned this largely inept, hopelessly gridlocked government.

It feels as if we were taken hostage by the inmates of an asylum and rather than refusing to bargain, we just handed the whole facility over because we were tired of the noise. Believe it or not, that’s the only somewhat understandable excuse I can think of for what happened: people just gave them what they wanted in the hope of ending their insanity.

I wonder if it’ll work.