Congressional Rearguard Actions

Our Republican Senators do something right, for once.

No army likes to retreat; countries rarely honor a retreating general.

Yet there are times when a defeated army has decisively lost the battle, but is still not entirely useless: they can attempt to retreat in an organized fashion, delaying the advancing enemy while doing so, as Marshal Nye did during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow.  Obviously, in a sense retreat is a sign of failure - if you lost, by definition you're a loser - but it can still be far more effective than simply running away in panic.  At best, it can buy time for other, more effective actions: another army to arrive on the field, or the nation to prepare its defenses for imminent invasion.

Just such a situation has now occurred in the U.S. Senate regarding the $1.9 trillion of borrowed Chinese money that Joe Biden has demanded be stolen from our children and grandchildren to be awarded to his allies in the unions, corrupt blue states - oh, and the odd crumb given to Americans suffering under covid-inspired tyranny.

Is this a disaster for the country?  Of course - but, what do you expect when all three branches of the Federal government are firmly in the control of the extreme Left?

Should the Republicans have worked harder to prevent this?  Absolutely - six months ago.  They, and we all, will be paying for their failures for many years to come.

Those Who Fight, Then Run Away...

It's easy to throw rocks at such a pathetic bunch of misfit losers as our Republican leaders.  With the most conservative president in generations, they were unable to join together to accomplish much at all.  Cast out of power in an election that the majority of their voters believe was stolen, they are expected to perform one job and one only: prevent Joe Biden from accomplishing anything he, or his handlers, want to do.

Obviously, they've failed: the bill passed.  But, is that really fair?  They simply had not the votes to prevent this debauchery of a bill from passing, given that every single Democrat voted for it.  In fairness, every single Republican voted against; what more can they do?

Actually, quite a lot, which in fact they did do.  For all his ills, Mitch McConnell does understand the rules of the Senate very well, and he used them to the full.  He was able to get each and every Democrat Senator on the record as voting for:

  • Allowing blue states to lie about their nursing home deaths without penalty.
  • Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, instantly throwing thousands of well-paid union workers onto unemployment.
  • Giving stimulus checks, not merely to American taxpayers, but to illegal immigrants.
  • Not providing any financial incentives to reopen schools, or any assistance at all to private schools.

Republicans put forward individual amendments to fix each of these obviously evil things; Democrats rejected each and every one of them in a straight party-line vote.

This is even more effective for campaign ads than it might seem: since the Senate is split 50/50, just one single Democrat changing their vote on any of these amendments would have led to it being passed.  So, each and every Democrat Senator is personally responsible for all the evils that ensue.

This won't matter in California or Massachusetts, but there are a fair number of places in the country where the argument that "Senator Joe Dem had the singlehanded ability to stop illegals from being given your tax dollars, but he chose to steal from you and give to them" might very well make a difference in the next election.  In other places, the same argument about nursing home scandals or unfunded schools will hold more sway.  The Senate Republicans accomplished, not one, but a whole long list of these electoral sledgehammers.  Not bad!

...Live To Fight Another Day?

Now, could the Republicans have fought harder?  Maybe... or, maybe not.

Most Americans loathe the idea of their hard-earned dollars being given to illegal invaders of our country.  Republicans possibly could have done more grandstanding about this issue.

But if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?  The media and the Tech Lords have already decided that Americans don't need to hear about this; there probably wasn't any way to make it known to Americans in time to make a difference right now.

Election Day is almost two years away, though; as we've seen with the Hunter Biden laptop, even all the censorship power of the Democrat elites cannot forever prevent the truth from getting out.

And, just as the amendment votes can damn every single Democrat, they also compliment every single Republican - yes, even generally-useless squishes like Mitt Romney stood up to be counted for the side of good.  If we can revile them when they stray, we should also thank and appreciate Republicans when they stand together and do what is right.

Who knows - it might even be habit-forming!

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other articles by Petrarch or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments

We all understand the sway that party leadership holds over its members. Assuming that at least a few of these fifty senators have some basic grasp of economics and history, let alone a conscience, that "sway" must be quite substantial. Are committee appointments that important to a group of citizens who, with presumably honorable intentions, decided to serve this nation by seeking office?
Is Chuck really that terrifying?

March 9, 2021 12:40 AM

@Fred - they get sucked into the system. Insiders tell them either they get lousy committee assignments which can't benefit their constituents or they get along by going along. If they're too recalcitrant, they'll get primaried out.

March 9, 2021 3:15 AM

I agree, the current system of government is not designed for individual senators or representatives to actually do whatever it is they promised the voters they would do if/once elected. That's why they all say"I'm fighting for you". Since when is common sense something that needs to be fought for?
The system is set up, as Mitch McConnell recently said, to do "business as usual" which means Mitch McConnells, Schumer, Pelosi and McCarthy's business, not the people business.
Ask yourself what benefit to you do any of the EO's Biden signed or any of the bills Pelosi has pushed through have and you'll see, absolutely no benefit. Then ask yourself: who then, do these EO's and bill benefit and the answer is clear.... them, not us. Republicans do the exact same thing only they try to disguise it a little better. That's why they call it the uniparty. It's we the people vs them. And they have the media and big tech while we have what? That's right... not much. I can complain here but that's really about it. I'm not voting again unless Trump re-emerges as a true leader or he starts a 3rd party.
There are 100 senators and 435 representatives, 9 Supreme Court justices and Biden and Harris and out of all of them, we hear from approximately 10-15 on television regularly and NONE of them, not one, can or will do anything to stop the machine. No one is doing anything but spew words that mean nothing. What we are seeing is exactly what the system is designed to do - keep and maintain the status quo of them vs us. The curtain has been pulled back and anyone that looks can clearly see that we are merely pawns in the game, their game, and the illusion is that we are free and have power. We have neither.

March 9, 2021 12:04 PM


March 9, 2021 3:22 PM

Republicans need to remember the arrogance shown in this bill the next time we have power. Our self restraint in the past has resulted in a ratchet effect of lefist moves towards bankruptcy, and the destruction of the Constitution and the rule of law. The next Republican president needs to have 50 executive orders ready to sign, reversing all of Biden's executive orders. Congressional Republicans need to have a bill that cancels all big grants to blue states ready to pass by reconciliation in the first 90 days.

The next Republican president needs to fire a lot of bureacrats on day one, anyone that's fireable in the executive civil service. Call it shock and awe. The replacements that move up into these positions will think twice about sabotaging the president if they know their predicessors were fired.

Security clearances are granted subject to theorders of the president as Commander in Chief. Anonyone even suspected of leaking once should have their security clearance canceled by presidential order. This will effectively remove them from their job, civil service or not, if their job requires a secutity clearance. There's no appeal possible of a presidential orderr as Commander in Chief. Under the Constitution, he is the boss, period.

Democrats are domestic enemies of the Constitution and the rule of law. The only function Democrats want privatized is censorship, which should tell you everything you need to know about their good faith. It's time to fight back using all of the tools available the next time the GOP controls the government. No more GOP nice guys. No more tough rhetoric unmatched by tough actions against the rebellious bureaucracy. Make them fear for their jobs.

March 9, 2021 9:15 PM

So Democrats are now officially on record as having voted for those things? Who the hell cares? They're on the record as having supported far worse for generations. The time to show some back bone was after inauguration day 2017. They refused, they were housetrained, they were all cowards, and we pay the price.

March 10, 2021 10:45 PM
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