Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Quote of the Day

"The Constitution must be amended to keep the government in check. We’ve tried persuasion. We’ve tried negotiations. We’re tried elections. Nothing has worked."

-- Mitch McConnell this morning, talking about a draconian balanced-budget, anti-tax amendment to the Constitution

And there it is: modern conservatism summed up in one perfect little quote. It's got the hypocrisy we've come to expect (the Constitution is a flawless document except when we say that it isn't and we hate government except when we can use it to our benefit) and a flat-out public admission that if the American people disagree with the Republican view of the world they should simply be bypassed (screw those elections, our way is the only way and we'll use governmental authority to force it on everyone).

It's basically an attempt to hijack democracy. Of course coming from McConnell and the conservatives these days, that's not at all surprising.


Matt MacDonald said...

I've checked every English dictionary I own (yes, I own several, eat my perspicacious ass), and currently there exists no umbrella term for the antithesis of empathy, humility, erudition and shame... so I'm creating it right now: McConnellianism. WARNING: Do not attempt to pronounce this new word aloud while hammered. Thanks. Back to you Chez...

Anonymous said...

Negotiations, elections....the current GOP is famous for being super supportive of both of those.
I wonder if the Minority Leader is afflicted with Modified Inverse Pinnochio Syndrome.
It seems that every time he lies, his chin gets smaller.

marilyn said...

I think he has a severe case of rectal-cranial inversion, i.e., his head is up his butt.

Dan McMillan said...

The only thing surprising about his suggestion is that he said it publicly. Not that I should be surprised by a conservative Republican suggesting that democracy only works when it works for him.

Anonymous said...

"screw those elections, our way is the only way and we'll use governmental authority to force it on everyone"

A lot of this going around on both sides of the fence these days. Doesn't matter if/how the people vote if the outcome is going to be appealed and overridden anyway.