Repost from June 11, 2011
This email from Rep Patrick Murphy arrived this morning:
“If you thought the fight to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was finally over, think again.We all thought it was a done deal when President Obama signed the repeal into law. But House Republicans pulled a stunt that could delay or even stop the repeal from taking effect by passing an outrageous series of amendments to the bill that funds ourcan’t stay silent in the face of this new GOP push to turn back the clock on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t tell.”
The email was asking me to sign a DCCC petition. After signing, I thought about how typical this tactic, the GOP refusing to accept defeat, has become.
Any progress the Left makes on Healthcare, Social Equality, Financial Regulation, Investment in Education, Campaign Finance Reform, Consumer Protection, Equitable Income Distribution, Retirement Security, Environmental Protection, Renewable Energy Policy, Job Security, One Man – One Vote, Gun Regulation, Fair Share Taxation, and Women’s Rights, to name a few, has been met with stalled implementation, court battles, refusal to fund, legislative efforts to repeal and refusal to implement.
This ‘never say die’ tactic, despite having lost via Congressional votes, is building pressure on the structural capacity of our government. Democracies only survive when there is a peaceful transfer of power after elections and the focus shifts from Campaign rhetoric to the reassuring work of governing. When this stops happening, Democracies collapse and are replaced with Autocracies. We’re on our way there.