King of Salt

Leader of mob rule.

Senate Minority Chair McConnell once again has violated his oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

McConnell has achieved a rare feat second only to 45’s surviving two impeachment attempts: twice has McConnell violated his oath in the Senate Chamber.

First was on February 13, 2020 when Minority Chair McConnell voted to acquit 45 of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” because “according to the Constitution, you cannot impeach a President who is no longer in office.” Except that on January 15 when Majority Chair McConnell blocked delivery of the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate by refusing to bring the Senate back from recess, 45 was in office.

Second was Monday, October 4, 2021 when by using the Senate filibuster rule, McConnell refused to join his colleagues in raising or at least suspending the debt ceiling, the Congressional instrument to keep the government funding its obligations.

A second time McConnell has admittedly refused his Constitutional governing duty, first “to try the President on Articles of Impeachment;” this time, to “collect and levy taxes.” (1)

Only because McConnell administers the Senate Republican censure rule has he escaped being censured himself. And yet America tolerates this nonsense, according to one Congressional reporter, ‘newsplaining’ that he (McConnell) is acting ‘political.’ Even as a stand-in descriptor for ‘hypocritical,’ another nicety shading McConnell’s burn-the-house strategy, ‘political’ hardly encompasses McConnell’s dismissal of the Constitition.

His elites got their tax cut. With the debt ceiling rebuttal, the rest of America risks getting their social programs cut. And McConnell is throwing salt on a wounded pandemic-stricken economy.

This is not another ‘moment’ of partisan political brinkmanship. This is ‘mob-think.’

Precisely what the framers of the Constitution warned.

October 5, updated Oct. 8

1.Cf. 14th Amendment. For an expert opinion, read “End the Debt-Ceiling Charade,” Mike Lofgren, “Opinion,” NYTimes, Oct. 8

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