Whenever an American talks about their great project of spreading “democracy” around the world, remember that this is what they have in mind.
The decision by the US Democrats to simply put the healthcare bill to a majority vote has been derided by Republicans and their media allies as “parliamentary trickery”, and the President has been condemned for “jamming the bill down Americans’ throats”.
Now, none of that makes any sense – “reconciliation”, the measure by which the Senate can stop a minority of senators filibustering indefinitely to stop the majority of representatives passing legislation, is entirely democratic. The filibuster is a “parliamentary trick”, not the measure that overrides it and restores democracy. And the Republicans have never been afraid to use it before themselves.
As for “jamming the bill down Americans’ throats” – how risible. They’ve had a year of “debate”, in which the opponents of public health have tried to claim everything from the bill being a soviet imposition to Obama’s cunning plan to slaughter the nation’s grandparents. They had another public discussion the other week, in which the Republicans refused to participate meaningfully and just demanded that the whole thing be scrapped.
Frankly, it’s about time the Democrats remembered that they WON the 2008 election – and the Republicans DIDN’T – and the reason that they’re slipping in the polls is that they’ve spent a year dithering and trying to please the people who hate them and want them to fail. I mean, the best thing would be for the Democrats to scrap the negotiated bullshit half-arsed bill and reintroduce the full public healthcare system that they originally promised the American people – but that’s not going to happen. They’re the Democratic Party, after all, not principled advocates for liberalism or anything.
And THAT is the sort of choice the US wants voters around the world to have. Are you sold?