As Republicans steam roll into controlling two out of three coordinate branches of federal government, Republicans tout the new Unified Republican Government in a classic proof of legitimacy.
Paul Ryan touted a Unified Republican Government during his weekly press conference today. Paradoxically, the message reiterated the theme that only under a unified government, can government get anything done; however, it was mainly because of Republicans during the Obama years that Congress became the inept Congress we know today.
Indeed, during the Obama years, Congressional Republicans put politics before governance in an effort to grind the legislative making process to a halt. Consequently, Congress became inept, while the Executive branch churned out order after order. Thus, it was Congressional Republicans’ inability to govern that drove Congress to ineptitude, and the Executive to dictatorship.
Republicans leveraged their ability to grind Congress to a halt by winning the election. In turn, the U.S. now has the freshly minted Unified Republican Government hungry for a chance to prove their efficiency, and their competency.
Put another way, Congressional Republicans were a large cause of Congress’s dysfunction and ineptitude; turning to the 2016 election, Republicans used their self-created evidence as proof that Congress does not work to win the election, and, now, that it will work under a unified government.
However, that logic defeats itself in two ways: (1) government is at its most suspect when it is ran by one party wholly, because there is an absence of rebuke to the party, their beliefs, and their agenda thereby leaving open a door to authoritarianism; (2) over the course of 241 years, this thought experiment known as democracy has largely thrived with robust debate and discourse. In that same time, government has largely been one of contentious power, not one of singular power thereby helping the nation come to negotiations over policy, agenda, and direction.
In sum, where, as is here, you have a unified government, citizens must be highly suspect of government, and their agenda. Moreover, under a unified government, the propensity to erode democracy and to open a path to authoritarianism increases exponentially. Indeed, over the course of history we have seen how a unified government attacks our most fundamental rights secured by the constitution.