True to form tonight, the Republicans did not cast a single vote for the health care bill or the reconciliation bill. Not a single vote. The Democrats, as usual, had to struggle and work very hard to scrape together the 216 votes needed to pass these bills without a single Republican vote. There were some Democrat who voted against the bills.
As I have said in the past, the Republicans in Congress act as a single entity, pushing the agenda of the wealthy and big business. The Democrats are the party of the people, and like the people they represent, they are spread out in their opinions, philosophies, and values. It is a fact that a political party acts as widely or narrowly as the interests and beliefs of those for whom they work. The Republicans are working for a small group of well-to-do, elite, arrogant, selfish people who have the money and the power, and want more money and power. Democrats work for the people.
Because the Democrats work for many millions of people in all walks of life, and reflect the large variety of beliefs, philosophies, and values that these people hold, they are at a disadvantage when fighting the narrow and focused agenda of the Republicans. If the membership in Congress is evenly divided, or even if the Democrats have a small majority, getting enough votes to pass something is still difficult for the Democrats because of this variety. Republicans have no problems getting their entire party to vote as one.
It is easy for apathetic people and white-washed media to simply say that “all politicians lie,” or “ Washington is broken,” without pointing out or understanding that the two major political parties are not equally complicit in the problem. In the name of being “fair and balanced,” mainstream media is in fact extremely unfair and biased. By inaccurately reporting politics in such a way as to make both parties look just as good, just as honest, and just as right, mainstream media is being biased against, and unfair to, the Democratic Party, the American people, and America as a whole.
With lies, with hate, with deception, with manipulation, with threats, with fear-mongering, and with a total lack of integrity, Republicans, to the very end, fought against the American people and for the health insurance companies. As far as I am concerned, the Republicans and the Conservative power structure are traitors to the American people and American values.