14 January 2013
Republican Objection to Chuck Hagel’s nomination focuses entirely on the Republicans’ disagreement with the Senator’s policies. Otherwise, his character and capabilities stand unquestioned.
In relation to the confirmation process, one might believe that Republicans expect only to vote for cabinet members who would serve their own, Republican, partisan agenda, rather than serve the elected officials whose political values won the relevant elections.
In the current case, the “elected official” is our reelected President of the United States. The political values relate to those voted on by the majority of the people of the United States.
Something There Is, about the American political system and majority rule, that leading members of the Grand Old Party of the Republic fail to understand.
Maybe it’s not the American “government” that’s the problem. Maybe it’s just the “Republican” side which, by failing to understand how our government work, constitutes America’s real “problem.”*
As someone younger and wiser once said, “No wonder Republicans hate government: they don’t know how it works.”
*Ronald Reagan, “First Inaugural Address”