Saturday, October 23, 2021

In Context: Progressive Learning

The pro-life movement has patiently worked for years to be in a position to overturn Roe v. Wade and enact pro-life legislation into law to punish the evil of taking human life through abortion. Along the way, they've learned that a party majority doesn't necessarily mean there is an ideological majority.

Some criticize Republicans for doing nothing to protect human life during the Bush 43 years when Republicans had control of the Legislative and Executive Branches of government. They never had, however, a 60-vote majority in the Senate to overcome the filibuster. Democrats had that briefly a few years later which is how we ended up with the Affordable Care Act.

Progressives have been ascendant in the Democratic party, and are beginning to wield sizeable clout within the Democratic party. Some have been disappointed to learn that a party majority doesn't necessarily mean there is an ideological majority.

Not having absolute control has led them to consider the state of their situation. 

Progressives are learning that America's debt bill is eventually going to come due, and they're turning to increasingly heavy-handed surveillance tactics to collect more tax revenue. Regarding earlier comments from Leader McConnell, Senate Majority Whip Durbin said, “the last thing Senator McConnell went into this morning was giving new powers to the IRS to snoop. Well, I guess that is true in some respects.”

Progressives are learning that Americans often spend more than $600 at a time and don't want every one of those transactions reported to the IRS. They're also learning that if they change the equation from transaction terms to annual terms, they can hide their intent from those who are math-challenged while maintaining a similar level of surveillance of the American people.

Progressives have learned that with the Senate having passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, even if the House were to pass both reconciliation and bipartisan bills “together,” they could still end up on the short end since the bipartisan bill would go to the President and the reconciliation bill would go to the Senate.

Progressives are learning about conservative Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. They're learning that he is not a progressive, he has concerns about Medicare's solvency, he has no problem not passing a social spending reconciliation bill, he is still is committed to not changing the filibuster, and he can wear their attacks on him as a badge of honor back home.

Progressives are learning that there is no progressive majority in Congress.

There is no progressive majority in America either.

Father, we ask that you would turn Americans in power away from grabbing for power to instead seeking You for your purposes of government in punishing those who do evil and praising those who do good.

“Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself” (Romans 15:2-3)

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