I have often said that the US Senate is where great bills go to die…….and for the past decade it is more so than normal under the leadership of McConnell….but now the GOP Senate seems to be practicing ‘democratic centralism’…….
What is that?
Democratic centralism is a practice in which political decisions reached by voting processes are binding upon all members of the political party.
“The fundamental system of the Party is democratic centralism, which emphasizes both democracy and centralism. We pursue the goal of combining the two systems together, which neither overstresses democracy to suppress centralism, nor the other way around.”
… stipulates that if individuals hold different opinions, they can keep the differences to themselves but must obey the Party’s decision in action.
Does that sound familiar in any way?
Looks like McConnell after demonizing Dems as socialist is taking a page from the playbook of Lenin.
- That all directing bodies of the Party, from top to bottom, shall be elected.
- That Party bodies shall give periodical accounts of their activities to their respective Party organizations.
- That there shall be strict Party discipline and the subordination of the minority to the majority.
- That all decisions of higher bodies shall be absolutely binding on lower bodies and on all Party members.
The members must fall into line and do what the party leadership tells it to do…..and those supposed individual loving party stooges do as they are told….no one wants to go against leadership for it could be disastrous to their long careers within the party.
Look at recent events…..McConnell has said that the main function of the GOP in the Senate is to thwart the Biden agenda…and the expects ALL GOP Senators to follow his lead and to vote against it all.
Before the fur starts to fly. I am NOT calling McConnell a Leninist….all I am doing is pointing out the similarities between DC and the McConnell agenda.
But do not take my word for this situation….
When then-President Donald Trump called for mandatory “patriotic education” for all U.S. students in September 2020, Susan Rice (former national security adviser under the Obama Administration) slammed his authoritarian idea as profoundly unamerican and told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “I thought I was listening to Mao Tse Tung running Communist China.” Rice, however, isn’t the only one who sees parallels between Trumpism and the regime in Beijing. Never Trump conservative Max Boot, in a scathing Washington Post column published on July 5, argues that the Republican push to abolish the teaching of “critical race theory” in public schools and replace it with “patriotic education” is exactly the type of thing the Chinese Communist Party would do.
“Woe to any person in China who challenges the official version of the past; that is a crime for which you can be sent to prison,” Boot explains. “The United States is different. We are a free country where nothing is off-limits. We can talk about the good, the bad and the ugly. Can’t we? Yes, we can — but Republicans are doing their level best to change that. How ironic that the GOP, which claims to be the ‘tough on China’ party, wants to make America more like China. As the party of white America, Republicans seek their own political legitimacy from history by trying to minimize the impact of racism.”
Independent thinking is sadly missing these days.
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