Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories and opinion columns from various conservative writers complaining about the “obstruction” in Congress by Democrats, long screeds about the inability of the President to get anything done because of the distraction of the special prosecutor’s investigation, and following hearings in the House. More recently, a number of the same writers touting the “exoneration” of the President by the investigation, and bemoaning the “death of democracy.” Leaving aside that the report did not exonerate President Trump, which was very clearly stated by the special prosecutor, the other complaints just show me that conservatives have absolutely no memory.
Why do I say that? Because I do have a functioning memory. An obstructive House? Anyone remember the period from 2011 through 2014? That was when there was a Republican House, and they caused several government shutdowns over that time. Investigations and hearings? “Fast and the furious,” “Benghazi,” “Hillary’s e-mails.” All of them by a Republican House. Years of hearings, huge amounts of press, and unlike the current ones, those ended up … with nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. No criminal charges, no one going to jail. It’s not even just those years. Look back at the past 50 years, and you’ll see that every President has had those going on. The difference? It wasn’t used as an excuse for not getting the business of government done by those administrations and their supporters.
If you’re going to complain about how “undemocratic” that is, well, you should be looking at some numbers. The President did not win the popular vote. The way we select a President is “undemocratic” in that we use an Electoral College. If you say you support the Constitution, you might want to read Article One. It says what Congress is supposed to be doing, but apparently Republicans have forgotten it.
Apparently, they have a memory problem, and can’t remember more than a month in the past. Either that, or they’re just blatantly hypocritical. What all the complaints conservatives are making come down to this: We’re not getting our way. Cry me a river.