Monday, February 13, 2017

Horesh on growing a spine and fighting

Good article with an excerpt below. This reminds me of Senator Warren's comments to the progressive caucus: grow a spine and fight like hell for your values. She has been a firebrand in the Senate and was recently silenced by the Republicans therein, which incited progressives everywhere.

"… The willingness of Republicans to hold up the appointment of Obama's Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the rule of law, because if Democrats did the same, it could go on until every last member of the court died and the court itself fell into disrepair. But no one expected Democrats to hold out, because most of us expect them to make nice. After all, until rank-and-file Democrats realize the logic of Republican intransigence—however disgraceful it may appear to politically passionate liberals and progressives—playing nice will continue to win them support.

"And while many a good Democrat thinks this a virtue, the only problem is that it reinforces the uncooperative behavior of Republicans. If Republicans win when they refuse to play by the rules, then Republicans will stop playing by the rules altogether, and the Republican base will come to vote for the biggest bullies. Moreover, the culture of bullying will continue to grow, because bullying itself will be vindicated.

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