Proud to be a Problem

Dissent is the highest form of—oh, shut the [bleep] up:

Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

That’s enough of that. It goes on (and on), but the main point is… the authors have a book to sell:

Thomas E. Mann is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. This essay is adapted from their book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism,” which will be available Tuesday.

It’s already on my calendar, right after I clip my toenails, clean out the glove compartment, and de-flea the Bloodthirsty Puppy.

Beware of intellectuals arguing over the crisis of the Constitution. That means they want to change it, or do away with it altogether. After all, it’s only a charter of “negative liberties”. The “crisis” is that they don’t get to do what they want, simply because they think it’s a good idea. So, they have to turn the loyal opposition into a “problem”. Happy to oblige.

Let’s turn this around. Let’s just say the Democrats were trying to block a Republican president from carrying out his appointed job. What would conservatives and Republicans say?

Oh wait, they did! It was called the Bush administration. And you know what? They called Republicans the problem then, too! Only then, liberals were less interested in re-writing the Constitution to impose “the will of the majority” (in Tom Friedman’s chilling phrase). The majority had just decisively returned Bush to office, so that’s when dissent became the highest form of patriotism. Now, dissent mere obstuctionism, reactionaryism, and good ol’ fashioned racism.

Evil and dishonest—why be so greedy, when merely one will do?


  1. Carol said,

    April 29, 2012 @ 12:33 pm


  2. Buck O'Fama said,

    April 29, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    Hmmm, another bunch of lefty crypto-fascists whining about the “extremism” (or is it “incivility” – I find it hard to keep track after a while) of everyone that isn’t them…. Let’s cut to the chase, just exactly what is it they’re trying to say? “Shut up!” Now you can thank me, I just saved you the cost of buying and reading their useless screed.

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