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Friday, February 26, 2021

We don't elect people so they can rule

The whole point of having procedural rules surrounding the process of making laws is to protect from people grabbing for power.

After the Senate parliamentarian ruled that a change to minimum wage laws does not fall within the purview of budget reconciliation, Squad member Omar Tweeted, “Abolish the filibuster. Replace the parliamentarian. What’s a Democratic majority if we can’t pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable.”

That's about as naked as a raw power grab can get.

If that's the approach, why have any rules at all? Why do we need laws if we just want the rule of men or women?

We've clearly forgotten why the rule of law was ever preferred over the rule of men.

Many Americans now think that governing is just a matter of one form of the rule of men vs. another form of the rule of men, the only question being whose person is in power. The mechanics of the rule of law are still in place, but viewing them as little more than a means of holding political advantage has a corrosive effect on how the People view the government.

The purpose of government is not to hold power. The purpose of power in government is to punish those who do evil and praise those who do good. It should not have power beyond those things, especially not for people who are willing to remove any and every part of the system that gets in their way.

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