I’m not here to write an ideological breakdown about whether or not universal background checks would make a difference or the good or bad of immigration reform. What I find alarming is that the vast majority of Americans, both Republican and Democrat, support both measures—yet we still can’t get them passed.
That should be alarming to every American.
In a country that seems more partisan and divided than ever, two issues which most Americans support (which is unheard of in today’s political environment), yet we still can’t get them passed by Congress.
And no, I’m not talking about bills that are supported by a slim margin, say 54%-46% or something like that. I’m talking about universal background checks that are supported by over 80% of Americans and immigration reform that’s supported by 69% of Americans.
Yet, one bill was killed by Republicans in the Senate and another House Republicans refuse to hold a vote on.
But these people want to claim it’s Democrats and President Obama that are causing the gridlock in government?
That statement would be the makings for great satire if millions of Americans didn’t believe it was true.
Since Republicans gained filibuster control in the Senate and the majority back in the House, we’ve seen Congress exist as one of the most unproductive government entities our nation has ever seen.
Even House Speaker Boehner, in an attempt to be clever I suppose, said a couple of weeks back that we shouldn’t judge them based on how many laws they passed but on how many laws they repeal.
Outside of just how ignorant that comment is, the ironic part is that under conservative leadership House Republicans have repealed exactly zero laws.
So even in Boehner’s attempt to pander to the “small government” section of his party, he more or less admits that Congress (specifically the House) under his leadership has done absolutely nothing.
They’ve probably passed the fewest pieces of legislation in Congressional history, while repealing absolutely none.
Then if you can even get something out of the House which Democrats and Republicans support, there’s always the possibly that Senate Republicans will throw a temper tantrum and continue adding to their ever increasing record number of filibusters.
And American support for something clearly doesn’t matter, as the immigration reform bill and expanded background checks prove, because if it did both of those would be law right now.
But they’re not, and the only people to blame are Congressional Republicans.
If we took both issues to the American people for a vote right now, credible scientific polling data tells us they would both easily pass, yet to Congressional Republicans that doesn’t matter.
And when it comes to immigration reform, Boehner is so terrified that it would pass he refuses to even bring it for a vote.
How are these acts not some lower form of treason? When your citizens overwhelmingly support something, but you simply refuse to pass it, that’s betraying your country and your oath of office.
Sure it’s not trying to overthrow the government or handing over classified information to the enemy. But it’s a blatant act to deny the will of the American people on two issues they overwhelmingly support.
And there’s absolutely no excuse or logic behind it. It clearly shows these Congressional Republicans aren’t working for the American people. They’d rather work for their big money donors who don’t want either of these bills passed.
Because that’s the only plausible reasoning behind their refusal to pass these bills. They sure as heck aren’t “listening to the voice of the American people” because that voice is clear and definitive—and is the opposite of what Republicans represent on these issues.
At the end of the day, if we allow one political party to deny the will of the vast majority of Americans on key issues, that’s a huge problem.
And it’s a problem we need to rectify in 2014.
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