If America Seems Ungovernable To Liberals, Then Maybe They Should Stop Trying To Govern Us Into France.

Distracting a politician from governing is like distracting a bear from eating your baby. — P. J. O’Rourke

Paul Krugman’s latest missive from the heart of outoftouchastan is a reprise of the same complaints that have appeared everywhere on the left since Scott Brown was elected:

What we’re getting instead is less a tragedy than a deadly farce. Instead of fraying under the strain of imperial overstretch, we’re paralyzed by procedure. Instead of re-enacting the decline and fall of Rome, we’re re-enacting the dissolution of 18th-century Poland.

A brief history lesson: In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Polish legislature, the Sejm, operated on the unanimity principle: any member could nullify legislation by shouting “I do not allow!” This made the nation largely ungovernable, and neighboring regimes began hacking off pieces of its territory. By 1795 Poland had disappeared, not to re-emerge for more than a century.

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Today, the U.S. Senate seems determined to make the Sejm look good by comparison.

…In the past, holds were used sparingly. That’s because, as a Congressional Research Service report on the practice says, the Senate used to be ruled by “traditions of comity, courtesy, reciprocity, and accommodation.” But that was then. Rules that used to be workable have become crippling now that one of the nation’s major political parties has descended into nihilism, seeing no harm – in fact, political dividends – in making the nation ungovernable.

How bad is it? It’s so bad that I miss Newt Gingrich.

…The truth is that given the state of American politics, the way the Senate works is no longer consistent with a functioning government. Senators themselves should recognize this fact and push through changes in those rules, including eliminating or at least limiting the filibuster. This is something they could and should do, by majority vote, on the first day of the next Senate session.

Don’t hold your breath. As it is, Democrats don’t even seem able to score political points by highlighting their opponents’ obstructionism.

It should be a simple message (and it should have been the central message in Massachusetts): a vote for a Republican, no matter what you think of him as a person, is a vote for paralysis.

The irony of this is that far too many bad bills have gotten through Congress of late. TARP at the end of Bush’s presidency, anyone? A stimulus bill that cost more than the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined that’s been so ineffective that they’re talking about going for round 2? Cash for Clunkers? Pretty much everything that has passed Congress since this crisis began and everything they’ve tried to do has been dogcrap-on-the-bottom-of-your-shoe bad — why do you think they’re having trouble passing it?

Moreover, look at what Krugman’s really complaining about: the Democrats can do almost anything they want — if they can get a single Republican senator to go along.:  What does it say about these bills when they can’t get a single vote from a gang of Republicans that includes John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, George Voinovich, and Robert Bennett?

The Democrats keep putting up this unpopular, ultra-left-wing, future-killing legislation that the American people don’t want and what — Republicans are supposed to toss their principles over the side and just go along with it? Why? “Oh, if they don’t, the country will be ungovernable!” Please, spare us this horse flop.

Barack Obama has been trying to take advantage of an economic crisis to pass every agenda item on the liberal wishlist, despite the fact that health care, cap and trade, card check, and the other garbage they want to ram through have nothing to do with fixing our economic problems and will help sink this country over the long-term.

In other words, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Krugman and Company can’t wait to commit national suicide and they’re complaining that the “Party of No” won’t let them have any bottles of pills or razor blades. If that makes the country “ungovernable” in the eyes of liberals, then maybe they should stop trying to “govern” us into France.

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