The Democrats saved the day. The House rejected the trade bill, even after President Obama made a last-minute, panicked trip to the Capitol to lobby Congress. I will feel more comfortable when TPP is voted down, but this vote is reassuring.
Shame on the Republicans for not standing with Democrats and the American working class. Thank goodness the Democrats managed to carry the day and reaffirm three important principles:
- We value the country’s well-being over deals that gratify and enrich politicians at Americans’ expense.
- We uphold separation of powers, and reject the efforts to strong-arm Congress into giving up their power to negotiate. Whether the people in office do a good job or no, Congress is still the people’s representation.
- We reject secrecy in government. The administration’s overall approach of shrouding legislation in secrecy while twisting arms to vote for it does not fly in the U.S.
I won’t lie. Agreeing with Nancy Pelosi about anything – much less an important issue – has thrown me for a loop. It will probably take months of therapy to come to terms with it. But she did the right thing, and deserves to be thanked for her support of the American working class.
Republicans, this vote was a testament to a party that has lost its way. Might I offer some advice?
1) Do a reality check. You’ve got a majority, but you are very dispensable. If people don’t like what you’re doing, you’ll be voted out without hesitation (the Democrats can attest).
2) Rethink your leadership. Boehner and McConnell are disasters and will cost you the majority.
3) Reexamine your priorities. From the outside, it looks like your priorities are war and wall street. This is not a winning combination. Pay attention to this country. Advance some solutions about the problems plaguing the nation. Look to building the country’s infrastructure, easing regulations on small business, and making America prosperous again.