Beware of the rant… read at your own risk…
This is somewhat of a follow-up to the Debate post from last week. I was browsing Wikipedia (don’t ask me where I started, this post is about where I ended up… plus I have no recollection of what I was looking for or why) and came across this entry about Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Clearly the majority party (whomever that may be, but the current majority in particular) in Washington, D.C. would do well to remember this ideal that the minority party has a clear and important role to play in both legislation and policy making.
It absolutely, without a doubt, drives me up a f*ing wall when I hear Republicans whine about Democratic priorities by saying “Hey, if the Democrats want something, they should start winning some elections.” 202 Democratic House Members, 44 Democratic Senators (plus 1 independent) means to me that the Democrats have won elections. Not to mention a highly disputed Presidential election in 2000 and hardly a landslide in 2004.
Unlike what Mr. DeLay might say and get his lemming followers to believe, this is not a winner-take-all system in the sense that if your party controls the Congress ergo your party exclusively controls everything.
Alternately, the minority party would do well to remember that they have a role as the Loyal Opposition and grow and maintain a backbone and not rollover every time the White House raises the National Security or Protecting the Homeland flag.
Rant off. We now return to the regularly scheduled programming.