Partisans and ideologues frequently puzzle me. Their thoughts follow patterns that take some work to figure out. Just when you think you have them figured out, they say something else that makes me go, “Huh?”
Take this curious fund-raising appeal from Chad Prosser:
The U.S. House passed 28 pro-jobs bills last year that would help get government out of the way and free up investor capital to start and expand more businesses. 28. Yet, every single one of these bills sits in the Senate waiting for a vote. While Americans wait for free-market reforms to help get the economy moving, Senate Democrats wait to vote on the very bills that will help our innovators do what they do best.
I’m a conservative reformer who understands how to get things done. I’ve created jobs in my own business. Under Gov. Mark Sanford, I brought efficiency to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and turned around a financially ailing State Park system, improving service while reducing the operational burden on taxpayers. Today, our state park service is one of the most self-sufficient in the nation. As a businessman, I understand the tough decisions that businesses have to make every day to survive the constant barrage of overreaching regulations and taxation from Washington.
I will take that knowledge and experience with me to Congress, where I will fight for conservative reforms that reduce government so that our economy can grow and our nation can prosper. All Americans succeed when government gets out of the way so job creators have the ability to invest in the future. Will you join with me? Donate $10 to the campaign today.
Let’s suppose you buy into this view of the world — that the anti-tax, anti-government propositions of the new, Tea-Party-flavored Republican part are inherently and indisputably “pro-job bills.” Take that as given.
What, then, is the point of running for the House? The House is already adhering to this agenda. The “problem” is in the Senate. So, run for the Senate. Oh, you say that both senators are Republican, and therefore not part of the problem? OK, then don’t run for office at all. There’s nothing you can do to change the equation. If this is your rationale for running, your campaign is pointless.
That’s the way a sensible person would look at it.
But to understand what he’s saying, you have to be one of these people who buy into today’s hyperpartisan polarization as an end in itself. Which both parties do.
The point of introducing legislation under their way of looking at things is to say that you introduced it, then to blame the other side for not passing it, and use that to enrage your base so that you can motivate them to give money so that you can keep the machine of never-ending conflict going.
The point is not to achieve a goal; it’s to keep fighting. And so it is that the country never makes progress in any direction.
Disgusting, isn’t it?