A justified cynicism as a result of the 2016 US election.

Without pretending that any democratic system is perfect and involves all parties working in what they perceive as the best interests for the country, I think many of us believe that while flawed, democratic systems make slow progress toward a better society.

During Obama’s presidency, we’ve seen cynical attempts by the Republicans to disrupt progress, notably:

  • The government shutdown in order to try stop Obamacare.
  • Refusing to give Merrick Garland a hearing.

Before the result of the election, my opinion was that ‘Yes, these are cynical ploys, but they’re not going to work. Hillary is going to win, and Merrick Garland will be confirmed, and the Republicans will lose credibility’.

But the Republican refusal to give Merrick Garland a hearing has worked. Merrick Garland will not be confirmed, and now that Supreme Court Justice pick gets to be chosen by Donald Trump.

This fills me with a deep sense of cynicism; these underhanded and cynical tactics apparently do work. 

What are the Democrats likely to do in response during the next four years? Will they similarly use these tactics?

If I’m to retain a thread of optimism, it would be that that the Republican tactics did work, demonstrates a hole in the system that needs to be patched, presumably next time the Democrats control the house.



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