In the late Republican politician Bob Dole’s failed 1996 presidential campaign, the candidate had at least one moment of lucidity.
Running against the amoral Bill Clinton – but not wanting to actually point out Bill Clinton was amoral – Dole hinted at it by saying “We have lost shame as a motivating factor in this society.”
Truer words have rarely been spoken. And they’ve only gotten truer over the subsequent nearly-three-decades.
We last week witnessed a new low in DC shamelessness – as we continue our descent into oblivion.
Fifteen votes? FIFTEEN VOTES?!? For the same guy? Over and over and OVER again?
In America – where men and women take pride in themselves and their reputations? A loss is a loss. You take your lumps – which include going away after you lose.
In DC – where power is the ONLY thing that matters? McCarthy – and his fellow shameless, sell-out flunkies – will do or say ANYTHING to acquire even more of it.
Lose five votes? Convene a sixth. Lose ten votes? Convene an eleventh. The McCarthy votings will continue – until McCarthy approves of the outcome.
It sounds exactly like the endless recounts conducted by Democrats after elections they lose – until they become elections they win.
How very representative republic all of this is.
And while McCarthy and his fellow shameless, sell-out flunkies were acting exactly like Democrats? They were sounding exactly like Democrats.
You. Will. Obey. Or the permanent revolution will end you.
Not at all over-the-top. And because the flunkies checked ALL of their shame at the DC door?
As Republicans continue to act more and more like Democrats? Democrats continue to act more and more like Democrats.
When We the Subjects don’t immediately acquiesce to what DC wants? DC gives it to us again – good and hard.
“Democratic defectors would necessitate backing from Republicans, many of whom have accused Sohn of holding extremist policy positions and a personal and professional disdain for conservatives. All of this pressure prolonged a partisan deadlock at the nation’s top telecom regulator lasting the entirety of Biden’s presidency so far.
“Democratic defectors”…? Well, one at least. Because as radical as Sohn is – that is how radical the overwhelming number of DC Democrats now are.
“Unusual opponents for Biden choice to gain majority at agency Gigi Sohn, net neutrality backer, still awaiting Senate vote.”
So now that the Democrats have picked up one more Senate seat….
In America – this would be the takeaway….
But this is DC – so the radical Sohn gets a new, Kevin-McCarthy-esque lease on prospective power grabbing.
Net Neutrality is yet another exceedingly awful power-grab – that DC steadfastly refuses to let die.
What you should know is: The biggest fascist cronies in the history of the planet – Big Tech – demand Net Neutrality. And what Big Tech wants – DC makes sure Big Tech gets.
“Net Neutrality is a stupidly huge government imposition in the Internet – specifically on the ISPs. A whole host of regulations restricting just about everything ISPs do to provide us service.
“ISPs ask governments – to leave them alone with this Net Neutrality nonsense.
“Big Tech demands government impose Net Neutrality – because it guarantees them huge government-mandated benefits.
“To name but one:
“As mentioned, Big Tech consumes way more than half of all US bandwidth. Net Neutrality – mandates they not be charged any money for any of it. We the Little People would pay MUCH more for our service – to subsidize the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google.
“Net Neutrality is massive government regulation – to impose massive Big Tech cronyism.”
The Sohn-less, 2 Democrat-2 Republican, bipartisan FCC has functioned just fine – on the things it is actually supposed to do. Because most of what the FCC does – is non-ideological, nuts-and-bolts stuff.
What the bipartisan FCC hasn’t been able to do – is unilaterally impose a bunch of radical stuff it has zero authority to impose anyway.
But this is DC. Where bad ideas never, ever die.
Kevin McCarthy didn’t let a Kevin McCarthy Speakership die.
Biden won’t let Sohn’s nomination die….
Because DC won’t let Big Tech-cronyism Net Neutrality die.
Because this is DC. Where bad ideas never, ever die.