There’s a great deal that’s concerning about the 118th Congress.
–I heard a discussion about the national security implications of the world’s seeing the Republicans’ fiasco in choosing a Speaker as a sign of our weakness. Foes have been emboldened; friends have been jolted. President Biden’s reminder that when he first met with our allies and said “America is back,” their question was “for how long?” presses in on us once again.
–Last night, with frightening near-unanimity, the House Republicans voted to support a draconian set of rules that enshrines all sorts of bad faith efforts to come.
–My hopes were dashed by the rules vote that there might be six “sane” Republicans willing to show (purely out of self-interest) that they won’t follow McCarthy and the Insurrectionists down this new rabbit hole.
–Worse still, there’s apparently a secret three-page addendum giving even more lawmaking/lawbreaking power to those who most want to destroy our government.
This is all very disturbing.
We are fortunate to have President Biden and the Senate Democrats as a buffer against the dreadful anti-government onslaught. For our part, we must consistently make our representatives aware—as we did in November—that we will not tolerate the chaos.
I am also trying to retain my sense of humor about the absurdity of it all. When I saw the “Bad Lip Readers” tweet below, its silliness made me laugh. I watched it again with my eyes on the speakers’ lips and laughed again. And again. I laugh every time I watch it.
Somehow, I find it cathartic. It won’t make the next two years pass more quickly, but in moving the pettiness into a different realm, it makes them seem more transitory.
What do you think about any or all of this?