In response to Mr. Eggers very creative, yet false assertions of our constitutional gridlock in DC, may I state that the one who does not understand the ” ingeniously conceived” construct of our government is Mr. Eggers himself. No, we can not construct our own facts to conform to our own ideas.
First, this country was founded on compromise. The Great Compromise during the Constitutional Convetion was slavery. Had those representatives who found slavery immoral not compromised their ideals this union would not have formed.
Secondly, there is no mention of fillibuster, or reconciliation in the Constitution, these are Senate rules, created by the Senate, to be used by the Senate. Up until this legislation period, they were used rarely. This gridlock has nothing to do with the national opinion, it is being used for political gain, period. So much for “country first.” As I recall, there has already been a national vote on health reform, which was a very large issue in November of 2008, and the people spoke. Barack Obama, won by more total popular votes than the combined popular votes received by George W. Bush in each of his elections. ( He lost the popular vote in 2000, remember?)
Which brings me to my final point, this democracy is based on majority rule. George W. Bush won the national election in 2000 by winning the majority of the electoral votes, not 60% of the votes. There is not one individual elected in this country, not national, not state-wide, not local, who gains his position by a 60% of the vote…they win by winning the majority of the votes. All legislation in this country, again local, state-wide and national, is voted on by majority vote, except the US Senate.
The Republicans are now calling majority rule a “nuclear option” How un-American is that.
No Mr. Eggers, the Constitution is not a conservative document, that defaults to the status quo…if that were the case we would still be a British Commonwealth.
The last time (using your words) this country faced “…both sides…so entrenched in their beliefs as to not compromise” the country ended up in the Civil War. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were killed for this inability to compromise. I wonder Mr. Eggers, should we try that again?