The Democrats, the Media and the Ancien Régime

by Datechguy | January 16th, 2013

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The Democrats, the Media and the Ancien Régime

Expand­ing on my post of yes­ter­day morn­ing about the Demo­c­rat party not being what it was. I thought of another theme we reg­u­larly see from the MSM.

We are con­stantly told sto­ries of the good old days when the Democ­rats and the Repub­li­cans got along so well, the days when mem­bers of con­gress really cared and worked together to get things done.

If you don’t know bet­ter, you might actu­ally buy that claptrap.

What they really nos­tal­gic are the good old days when democ­rats had power in con­gress that was almost totally unchal­lenged and Repub­li­cans Pres­i­dents had to come hat in hand to do anything.

For those too young to remem­ber let’s put it in perspective:

For the 17 years of my life I never saw a day when either house of the con­gress was con­trolled by the GOP. For 10 of those years the Democ­rats had sixty votes or more in the Sen­ate and never had less than 54.

(BTW dur­ing the first six years of Reagan’s pres­i­dency the GOP major­ity in the sen­ate was never higher than 54)

For the first 31 years of my life I never saw the House con­trolled by the GOP. Dur­ing that entire time the Democ­rats never had a major­ity smaller than 50 seats.

To put that in per­spec­tive, Kennedy, John­son, Nixon, Ford, Carter and George Bush didn’t have a GOP house for a sin­gle day dur­ing their presidency.

It wasn’t until I was 37 years old that the GOP had both houses and the White house and that only lasted 4 months until Jim Jef­fries flipped. I had to wait till age 40 for the GOP to have a 51 – 49 major­ity in the sen­ate at the same time they had the house.

Put sim­ply lib­eral reporters who were start­ing out in the 60’s 70’s cut their teeth it was a joy­ous time. An era where lib­er­al­ism ruled supreme and the GOP was powerless.

Con­gress­men could get along, it’s easy to be nice and con­de­scend­ing to peo­ple who are no threat to your the power you crave, you can even throw them a bone now and again to show just how mag­nan­i­mous you are.

Con­versely for estab­lish­ment repub­li­cans, it was an easy time. Other than the odd pork project (which made big gov­ern­ment stronger) you never were expected to stand up and be counted. You never had to make a tough vote, you could tell the folks back home how upset you were at the direc­tion the coun­try was going and then go back to Wash­ing­ton and still be invited to all the best par­ties and get the respect due to a mem­ber of con­gress because it was clearly under­stood that you knew your place. It’s why peo­ple like Newt Gin­grich, elected in 1978 were so hated.

Frankly I think the media and the Demo­c­rat never got over Gin­grich tak­ing the house in 1994. They con­sider power a divine right and resent hav­ing to appeal to the mere vot­ers in order to main­tain it.

That’s why I often com­pare them to feu­dal lords. For all their sup­posed French rev­o­lu­tion­ary zeal they really see them­selves as the nobles of the Ancien Régime unjustly deposed of the author­ity that is their birthright, dream­ing of the day when they will take their right­ful place at the seat of power where they will as in the old days look out for those unwashed masses who really don’t know what’s best for them.

One you under­stand that, it all makes sense.

Expanding on my post of yesterday morning about the Democrat party not being what it was. I thought of another theme we regularly see from the MSM.

We are constantly told stories of the good old days when the Democrats and the Republicans got along so well, the days when members of congress really cared and worked together to get things done.

If you don’t know better, you might actually buy that claptrap.

What they really nostalgic are the good old days when democrats had power in congress that was almost totally unchallenged and Republicans Presidents had to come hat in hand to do anything.

For those too young to remember let’s put it in perspective:

For the 17 years of my life I never saw a day when either house of the congress was controlled by the GOP. For 10 of those years the Democrats had sixty votes or more in the Senate and never had less than 54.

(BTW during the first six years of Reagan’s presidency the GOP majority in the senate was never higher than 54)

For the first 31 years of my life I never saw the House controlled by the GOP. During that entire time the Democrats never had a majority smaller than 50 seats.

To put that in perspective, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and George Bush didn’t have a GOP house for a single day during their presidency.

It wasn’t until I was 37 years old that the GOP had both houses and the White house and that only lasted 4 months until Jim Jeffries flipped. I had to wait till age 40 for the GOP to have a 51-49 majority in the senate at the same time they had the house.

Put simply liberal reporters who were starting out in the 60′s 70′s cut their teeth it was a joyous time. An era where liberalism ruled supreme and the GOP was powerless.

Congressmen could get along, it’s easy to be nice and condescending to people who are no threat to your the power you crave, you can even throw them a bone now and again to show just how magnanimous you are.

Conversely for establishment republicans, it was an easy time. Other than the odd pork project (which made big government stronger) you never were expected to stand up and be counted. You never had to make a tough vote, you could tell the folks back home how upset you were at the direction the country was going and then go back to Washington and still be invited to all the best parties and get the respect due to a member of congress because it was clearly understood that you knew your place. It’s why people like Newt Gingrich, elected in 1978 were so hated.

Frankly I think the media and the Democrat never got over Gingrich taking the house in 1994. They consider power a divine right and resent having to appeal to the mere voters in order to maintain it.

That’s why I often compare them to feudal lords. For all their supposed French revolutionary zeal they really see themselves as the nobles of the Ancien Régime unjustly deposed of the authority that is their birthright, dreaming of the day when they will take their rightful place at the seat of power where they will as in the old days look out for those unwashed masses who really don’t know what’s best for them.

One you understand that, it all makes sense.

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