Living outside the USA, I wonder if I would recognize my birthland if I return someday. We now see the NYTimes proposing that “we” get rid of the US constitution, which is standing in the way of what “we” want to do.

AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.

Well, I know nothing about law or economics,  but it seems to me that the quickest way to start a civil war in the USA is to ditch the constitution to allow Georgetown professors to destroy the constitution that we believe in so that they can run the country for us.

It seems that the present impasse in Congress is between a president who instead of talking and making nice with his opponents is telling them to give in to his demands and then going out and ridiculing them in public.

Not the way to compromise.

Indeed, the latest deal was not made by Obama, who seems a bit clueless about how Congress works, but by Old Joe Biden, of whom I am fond, working out a deal in the Senate.

The compromise was prepared for the Senate floor after Vice President Joe Biden, who brokered it with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) traveled to the Capitol for a late-night meeting with Senate Democrats, including many who harbored reservations about the deal.

“This shouldn’t be the model for how to do things around here,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor shortly before the vote. “But I think we can say we’ve done some good for the country. We’ve taken care of the revenue side of this debate.”

Alas, Obama will get the “credit” (for to imply Dumb Joe might have done the impossible goes against the meme of most of the press).

Yet Biden is proof that the Congress is able to work out deals, despite a president who thinks he is god and a Tea Party who thinks they need to say no to everything.

The idea of the constitution is to allow people to disagree, even if it means standing in the way of what demagogues think need to be done, and yes, New York Times, I am talking to you.

Passing laws are not impossible if one is willing to listen to what the Brits call “The loyal opposition”, and maybe split the differences in the disagreements to pass the law. In the words of LBJ, who wanted a bill passed, was asked if he’d agree to half a loaf, (as in the saying “half a loaf is better than none”) and answered: Half a loaf? Hell, a slice…

LBJ should know: he passed the Civil Rights bill with the help of Everett Dirkson and the Republicans, when a JFK talked purty but couldn’t get the dang thing passed.

That is what Senator Biden and McConnell did: They compromised.

So I say: Joe for President. Having a person who knows he doesn’t know everything and is willing to work with the opposition would be a big step toward stopping the coming disintegration of civility in the USA…

Of course, the press will spin the economic bill that was passed as a “win” for their Messiah, the president, but the truth is that the constitution did actually work, and a few of us dumb clucks will notice and say “Thanks” to Joe and Mitch.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. She is a registered Democrat.

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