Congressional Democrats: Please End Hyperpartisanship

Sunday Essay

I am a proud Democrat, but I am not proud of what I see congressional Democrats doing to block anything from getting accomplished. I am not proud of hearing Democrats saying they will filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. I am not proud of Democrats voting against cabinet nominees simply because they don’t align with their ideology..saying they will filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. I am not proud of Democrats voting against cabinet nominees simply because they don’t align with their ideology.

That is the very definition of close-mindedness.

Don’t get me wrong, I oppose many of President Trump’s cabinet nominees. Betsy DeVos, Steven Mnuchin, Scott Pruitt, just to name a few. I would vote against all of their confirmations, but not because I don’t agree with where they stand politically, but because I genuinely think they aren’t equipped to do a good job in their respective positions.

Neil Gorsuch is a conservative, I probably don’t agree with the majority of what he believes in, but I would vote in favor of his confirmation. I would vote in favor of his confirmation because a senator isn’t supposed to vote based on whether or not they like the nominee, or whether or not they agree with them politically, but whether or not they are qualified to be in the position they were nominated for. I don’t agree with Neil Gorsuch on many things, but I do believe he is more than qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice.

I don’t think it’s just Democrats who are guilty of this, it’s everyone, literally everyone. The most recent example is when last year Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing for President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. I would have also voted in favor of Garland’s confirmation because I think he is qualified to be a Justice on the Supreme Court.

Voting strictly along party lines does not unite America, it only divides us more. It focuses only on how we are different, not how we are the same. Politicians are always saying that they will unite the country, that they will mend the wounds of the election, but when they take office and begin passing legislation, who is forgotten? The minority is forgotten.

And then the worst part of this process is that when the opposing party takes back control two or three years later, they seek revenge for all of the time they were powerless, so they do the same thing to the other party. It is a vicious spiral of split votes and gridlock, which only divides us more and makes regular people hate politics.

Why can’t Washington get anything done? Because all they focus on is their party’s agenda, not America’s agenda. Why even consider a bill if it’s stamped with the name of a conservative, right? presidential-election-results-1952-2012

The electoral map since the 1952 presidential election.

If you look at the chart above, you will see a few patterns emerge from the maps. From 1952 to 1988, presidential elections were almost unanimous, they were always landslides. The two dominating political parties had more in common at the time than they do now. The second pattern is that from 1984-2012, all elections go the exact same. Republican Republican, Democrat Democrat. The cycle, just like congressional control, is perpetual and it helps no one except those on top.common at the time than they do now. The second pattern is that from 1984-2012, all elections go the exact same. Republican Republican, Democrat Democrat. The cycle, just like congressional control, is perpetual and it helps no one except those on top.

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The voting record for the roll call vote on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.for the roll call vote on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.for the roll call vote on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.for the roll call vote on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.

The vote on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quite possibly the most partisan vote among all of the confirmation hearings in 2017 so far. Every single Senator who voted in favor of Sessions was Republican and every Senator who voted nay caucuses with the Democrats.Republican and every Senator who voted nay caucuses with the Democrats.Republican and every Senator who voted nay caucuses with the Democrats.

Please, to congressional Democrats and even congressional Republicans, don’t think about your party first, think of America first.

 

 

 

 

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