Notes From Babel

Who’s Being Undemocratic?

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This post—complaining about how Joe Lieberman’s wielding the big stick on the health care debate in the Senate is “more than a touch undemocratic”—is a little off-putting, given advocates for health care reform have stood on anything but democratic principles.  Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has baldly statedI will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful. . . . I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them.”  Bill Clinton urged Democrats to “just pass the bill,” else “the other guys [would] write history.” And yet the public continues to rethink the idea of government dipping more fingers into health care.

At least Lieberman is raking in support from his constituents.  Maybe they are the proper targets of reformers’ ire.


Written by Tim Kowal

December 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm

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  1. It is no accident that one Senator can be an obstructionist. He, and the filibuster for that matter, remind us that the governmental sovereignty allowed the state governments is what is really represented in the US Senate (unlike in the US House of Reps). As frustrating as it is, there is a trade off in wiping this out in favor of remaking the US Senate on the basis of the principles of the US House…trade offs given the scale of the US. and what the US is. For this argument, pls see


    December 18, 2009 at 10:28 am

  2. […] he insists it’s “because the American people need it now,” along the lines of Eric Massa, because aristocrats know what’s best for the rest of us.)  Is it not evident by now that […]

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