Democracy Suspended: GOP Leaders Sing Amazing Grace While Screwing Staffers and The Rest of Us

Abby Zimet

Amidst the chaotic idiocy that is our democracy in action, this happened: House Republicans canceled a vote to try and reopen the government because they can't seem to figure out how to do it, but promised to "make some decisions" soon; they proposed to solve all their problems by cutting Congressional staffers' health insurance, a move that didn't sit well with already disgruntled aforementioned staffers; they opened their session by singing "Amazing Grace," a hymn written by a slave trader who feels remorse for his actions and seeks the light of grace to save even a "wretch" like himself, evidently unaware that's what it's about; and, a couple of weeks ago, they quietly changed an obscure House rule so that only Majority Leader Eric Cantor can even call for a vote to propose re-opening government - a shifty and little-noticed change suddenly brought into the light of day by Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the video of his combative House exchange on the subject that's now gone viral, as it should. So at least the Internet works.

"Why were the rules rigged to keep the government shutdown?" - Van Hollen

"The gentleman will suspend." - guy presiding over House that day.

"Democracy has been suspended." - Van Hollen

Update: Check out Carl Bernstein calling the GOP leadership "cancerous" and "rabid."

Lunch in the Senate cafeteria, shutdown notwithstanding

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