The Denver Post reported today that Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado has teamed up with conservative American Enterprise Institute scholar Norm Ornstein to make the filibuster more difficult to implement (as it once was, not so very long ago), and only available one time (rather than at multiple stages of a bill’s journey through Congress) ( 

Despite the backing of a conservative luminary, and despite Udall’s crafting of the bill as a compromise to the minority party, he has thus far been unable to find a Republican co-sponsor, again underscoring President Obama’s observations in his recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and what everyone but the thoroughly self-deceived have known for some time (and what I wrote early today when commenting on Obama’s interview, The Republicans in Congress have no intention of serving the interests of the American people. Their raison d’etre is to hamstring the government, blame the consequences on the Democratic majority, regain control of Congress by doing so, and continue to serve the short-term interests of the few, by cultivating and exploiting the compatible blind dogma of a large information-deprived faction, at the expense of us all in the long run.

The phrase is mine, of course. President Obama wouldn’t, and couldn’t, use it. But in his recent, candid interview in Rolling Stone magazine (, President Obama very cogently captured the essence of the dilemma: The current divide between a Democratic Party primarily (though not universally), and in its leadership, characterized by a sincere desire to get it right, to pass the laws which best serve the interests of the American people, against a Republican Party primarily (though not universally), and in its leadership, characterized by a cynical willingness to act in ways which purposely harm the American people in order to be able to blame it on the Democrats who are currently in power, and win an electoral victory this year as a result.

There are two groups to be strongly rebuked in this narrative: The Republican Party, which has demonstrated its single-minded commitment to acquiring and retaining power, in order to serve the interests of the wealthiest Americans and continue the historically record-breaking concentration of American wealth into fewer and fewer hands (; and the majority of the populace itself, which allowed itself to be a puppet on these bastards’ strings, blaming the president and the Democrats in Congress for the Republican obstructionism designed to accomplish exactly that end, at the expense of the American people themselves.

It’s time to side decisively with reasonable people of goodwill, in whatever political party they are found, with whatever ideological predispositions they may have. And it’s time to relegate these cynical enemies of the public interest, most resoundingly exemplified by the current Republican leadership and their fellow-travelers, to the dustbin of history, once and for all.