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Yglesias: the United States is "Ungovernable"

President Obama and the Democrats are receiving a lot of resistance from Republicans and American citizens as they try to shove their policies and laws down our throats. Why are they getting such push back? Matthew Yglesias says it's because the country has "become ungovernable."

The smarter elements in Washington DC are starting to pick up on the fact that it's not tactical errors on the part of the president that make it hard to get things done, it's the fact that the country has become ungovernable.

To Yglesias and other like-minded leftists, the issue couldn't possibly be that the President's and the Dems' ideas are horrible, it can only be that the country simply can't be governed.

I don't think I've read anything more arrogant and ignorant.

But Yglesias isn't done. He says that the entire system needs to change because it's just too hard for the Democrats to work with:

We're suffering from an incoherent institutional set-up in the senate. You can have a system in which a defeated minority still gets a share of governing authority and participates constructively in the victorious majority's governing agenda, shaping policy around the margins in ways more to their liking. Or you can have a system in which a defeated minority rejects the majority's governing agenda out of hand, seeks opening for attack, and hopes that failure on the part of the majority will bring them to power. But right now we have both simultaneously. It's a system in which the minority benefits if the government fails, and the minority has the power to ensure failure. It's insane, and it needs to be changed.

Ed Morrissey writes what I thought when I read Yglesias's whine:

Funny, but I don't recall Yglesias demanding those changes while Democrats were in the minority in the Senate. Tom Daschle was no less obstructionist, and Democrats managed to kneecap George Bush on judicial appointments without writing cris des coeurs over ungovernable America. In fact, Democrats openly bragged about using the Senate's ancient methods of corralling the majority, even on the novel issue of judicial appointments where such procedures had rarely been used. And yet George Bush and the Republicans still managed to govern, and that was just a couple of years ago.

The Democrats have super-majorities in both houses of Congress. If they can't get their progressive agenda passed, it's because the majority of the American people don't want it, something Yglesias clearly has not even considered. Soon we'll hear him and his leftist cronies say that the only way to make the country "governable" again is to ban all dissent.


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"Soon we'll hear him and hi... (Below threshold)

"Soon we'll hear him and his leftist cronies say that the only way to make the country "governable" again is to ban all dissent."

Let'em try...we got more guns!

"Ungovernable." That's code... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

"Ungovernable." That's code for something. What could it be? How about "freedom loving," "resistant to slavery," or "individualistic." I absolutely take the assessment as a compliment. We dislike taskmasters. Imagine that.

They are in a panic about t... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

They are in a panic about the plummeting poles of "O" and Democrats in the Senate and House. They fear they won't be able impose the changes to America they think are needed. Poor useful idiots. Can't say as I feel sorry for them.

Yglesias says, "It's a syst... (Below threshold)

Yglesias says, "It's a system in which the minority benefits if the government fails, and the minority has the power to ensure failure."

Bullshit. The current GOP minority has no, "power to ensure failure."

The Democrats have super-majorities in both houses of Congress AND they have the White House AND they have the 'News' media. The Democrats have total, absolute control of the government. If they can't 'govern' it can only be because there are Democrats who aren't going along with the Democrats.

And Yglesias knows it.

Stupid leftist... Democrats... (Below threshold)

Stupid leftist... Democrats dont want to Govern, they want to Rule.

And Yglesias knows it.</... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

And Yglesias knows it.

Maybe. Possibly, in some deep, dark recess of his brain, long since locked away and kept from light, there's a nanogram of sense screaming into the void. But I doubt it.

2.Amen... (Below threshold)


Its not that the country is... (Below threshold)

Its not that the country is ungovernable.

The problem for democrats is the liberal culture of craven self interest that they have allowed to overtake their party.

The liberal culture of forc... (Below threshold)

The liberal culture of forcing others to act selflessly, you mean, LNM.

It looks like those who would be masters of men have discovered they are among those who would be masters of themselves.

"The liberal culture of for... (Below threshold)

"The liberal culture of forcing others to act selflessly, you mean,...

That sounds pretty close to "...From those, according to their abilities, to those, according to their means."

Give us Leaders that believ... (Below threshold)

Give us Leaders that believe in GOD and maybe...

One of the problems the lib... (Below threshold)

One of the problems the liberals have is that in their world no other view can exist. For those of a more conservative mind there is the reality that people all don't fit in the same box.

Ungovernable, adj: not amen... (Below threshold)

Ungovernable, adj: not amenable to the fiction that 2008 was a mandate for Democrats to go hard left.

A country founded on the pr... (Below threshold)

A country founded on the principles of economic freedom and individual liberty, and populated with people who believe in such things should be ungovernable by a devoted disciple of Karl Marx, raised on the tenets of radical leftism, with the raw sewage of Chicago thug politics flowing in his veins, and who finds such principles offensive and considers them an obstacle to power.

This "ungovernability" of which he speaks is a feature, not a bug.

Revolution is coming to Ame... (Below threshold)

Revolution is coming to America. History does repeat itself & America has to prepared to cleanize itself of tyranny.

Finally, someone did write a book about what's going to happen next & how the 2nd American Revolution is going to start.

It's insightful & current events that will start the revolution & we must all prepare for it. It's a thriller & a must read.

We hold these truths to be ... (Below threshold)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

But WAIT! There's MORE!


For Bobdog: You are partia... (Below threshold)

For Bobdog: You are partially correct...there was more. There is a cycle of all civilizations go through.

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage

I watched the movie 1984 recently & is a true wake-up call for all of us.

sound Cultist logic! ... (Below threshold)

sound Cultist logic!

Given - Lord Obama is divine and all-knowing
Given - His servants, Reid and Pelosi, control the Legislative Branch
Given - His servant Eric Holder exercises near complete control of the Judicial Branch
Given - His Czars control vast, and growing, amounts of the Private Sector

IF Lord Obama cannot Govern the United States
THEN the United States is "Ungovernable".

Here endeth the lesson

CottonMan, I hope (and pray... (Below threshold)

CottonMan, I hope (and pray) we can short-circuit the process.

The Tea Party movement gives me hope that we can connect step 7 (From apathy to dependence) directly to step 3 (From courage to liberty).

Of course, the 2nd Amendment also gives me hope!

Ungoverable, and yet they w... (Below threshold)

Ungoverable, and yet they want to govern more with Cap & Trade and Health Care. If you can't handle the work, delegate, say, to the states. They used to have all the rights not given to the Federal Goverment right.

For Justrand: I drove 2,80... (Below threshold)

For Justrand: I drove 2,800 miles (round trip) to march in the 9/12. I was there & they were just common Americans like all of us.

Yes, I hope the 2nd Amendment is still a viable freedom. I mentioned that book (A Time To Stand) & it's the militia that that stands up to federal tyranny. Just like the first American Revolution. It's about a small, American town, just like yours & mine (Lexington 1775).

It's a great book to read on the 2nd American Revolution.

Sounds like the democrats n... (Below threshold)

Sounds like the democrats now understand the phrase "enough rope to hang yourself". The voters gave it to them, and now all that's left is for Sarah Palin to kick the chair out and let 'em dangle.

2010 is going to be a rout of the Dems - and after Obama, it will be decades before another one sits at 1600.

Have faith in our system, Cottonman. The geniuses who designed it frustrate the Yglesias of the world. That's a beautiful thing.

Yglesias is a tool. An effe... (Below threshold)

Yglesias is a tool. An effete tool. Does it ever occur to these nimrods that people simply don't like what's being shoved downn their throats and this just happens to be a democratic republic?

Relax. They can't help them... (Below threshold)

Relax. They can't help themselves. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

It is government that needs... (Below threshold)

It is government that needs to be governed, not the people.

I think there is something ... (Below threshold)
James H:

I think there is something to the idea that the United States has become ungovernable, but it's extremely hard to analyze the idea. Inevitably, the person who raises it has a giant honking axe to grind because somebody put roadblocks in front of his favorite programs.

I think this nation is close to, not ungovernability, but difficulty in governing and in transmitting the will of the people to those who are elected.

Between lobbyists, politicians, think tanks, media and various hangers-on, there's a rather large governing class in Washington, DC, now. This political-industrial complex provides employment and finances for those in and out of the highest level of governance. Members of this class generally interact only with each other and tend to be rather selective about who is allowed in the club. They have simultaneously insulated themselves fromt he larger populace and rigged the political rules such that only those favored by the complex can attain power and/or influence. Although I was dubious about the book earlier, I think Dana Milbank's Homo Politicus, though satirical, captures this dynamic rather well.

Although there are differences between the Left and the Right, important differences, they are both part of a system that is, quite frankly, rather rotten. I wonder occasionally if Washington will mutate into the court of the Sun King at some point...

Damn The Constitution !<br ... (Below threshold)

Damn The Constitution !
How dare "we the people" expect politicians to follow it?

Meaning we decline to quiet... (Below threshold)

Meaning we decline to quietly and obediently do what our betters want. For our own good, of course.

Of course, we never have. That's why we're not a British possession anymore.

What does "governable" mean... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:

What does "governable" mean?

If it means that there is a government in place that can take care of the very big things, like national defense and keeping the states in order, sure it's governable.

If, however, it means "passing the kinds of programs that I've always thought we needed, if only all those idiots who disagree with me would get out of the way," then no, the United States is, indeed, ungovernable.

Just as the Founding Fathers intended. Change requires building consensus, and the process was designed to be slow. (Remember all that stuff, Matt, about separation of powers?) There are plenty of opportunities for people to learn about the proposed change and to roadblock it. (You know, like filibusters, which the Dems said was the cornerstone of democracy and all that, back when they were in the minority?)

But that would require consistency, which is perhaps even harder to obtain than governability....

it's the fact that the c... (Below threshold)

it's the fact that the country has become ungovernable. - Mr. Yugo

What a silly notion.

It is not that the country that has become ungovernable, it is that the government has become ungovernable; a thing so large, so bloated, so encompassing, that no one or no thing can control it all.






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