Today was interesting. Two senators who have announced they will not run for reelection made speeches/interviews to the effect that USA needs to wake up to the dangers of Trumpism, that USA is on the brink of a deep chasm. Another, John McCain, whose plans for the next election may be coloured by cancer, and who voted against one version of TrumpCare, stated more or less the same. There are two or three other senators who have publicly questioned lack of order in the Senate, where legislation is just dumped on the floor instead of going through “regular order”, proper review and revision in committees and with lots of debate/amendment on the floor of the Senate.
The result is that there is a body of senators who can block all legislation pushed by Trumpists at least until the 2018 elections. In fact, they can be more than obstructive. They can make demands and hold legislation hostage. For instance, they could form an ad hoc alliance with the Democrats and demand nothing gets passed until impeachment of Trump, or they could switch party affiliation to the Democrats or some other strategy dragging the Senate towards its proper role which is not to mindlessly support a would-be tyrant in the Oval Office.
This is the final proof that USA needs more than a “two-party” system. Clearly there are more than two views on just about everything and the dispossessed politically are not participating in the so-called democracy of USA. The Democrats have an extremely liberal wing pushing for single-payer healthcare. The Democrats have a centrist group who mostly seek individual liberty and support for the disadvantaged. The GOP have a centrist group who mostly seek individual liberty and want to curtail government to a large extent. The GOP also have an extreme group who want to return to the Stone Age of government where it was about armies and holding territory and little else. Why aren’t there four parties or more representing four segments of society? Isn’t that more democratic than having a tyrant in the Oval Office and a bunch of sycophants in the Senate? There isn’t even a hint of “bipartisan” legislative action there, just constipation.
If the legislative branch can’t accommodate diversity of opinion and feels compelled to accept continuous uncivil war in government, they won’t be doing anyone a favour. They have to eliminate the tyrant and accept reality if they want to make the government useful again. Maybe today was the first day that is possible.