What Do They Really Want?
"I will do everything in my power to stop anything beneficial to New Jersey, period. I will use everything I have until New Jersey lives up to their commitments," said U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican and third-ranking official in the Senate chamber. "Every single thing that benefits New Jersey in particular I will do everything I can to make sure that it gets slowed down or stopped."
This is about an interstate dispute with Pennsylvania over draining a river!!! The sheer malignity of it is incredible. This sort of thing among lawmakers started with Newt Gingrich in 1994. It continues to this day in punditry such as Ann Coulter's and Conservative blogs all over the net. But if there is one place it shouldn't be, it is in the public statements of government leaders. The point of civility in politics at the working level is to be able to come to compromise when necessary.
There is nothing more telling about the current Republican government as its willingness to burn its bridges to compromise. It is arrogant beyond belief. They are arrogant beyond belief. And they are futile, even with hefty Congressional majorities and a Republican in the White House.
Most of even their own agenda has stalled. Think about it. Stalled.
Why? They have no moral, intellectual, or emotional capacity to compromise. What do they think they have? The power of life and death over those who disagree with them?
Is is it possible that they want that? Is it possible that they want a government of one party rule just like the old Soviet Union?