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Common Sense Coalition sends a signal.

January 25, 2018

Could it be possible that 25% of the Senate might break the hold of the national parties on government?

It’s far too soon to tell, but there is no doubt that a small group of bipartisan senators had an effect on ending the Schumer shutdown.

Perhaps it was just about the upcoming election, but it was heartening to hear Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and others state that they were tired of being led around by the nose by party hacks on both sides.

Hacks of the ilk of Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein, and Adam Schiff, whose mantra is the three R’s of the DNC…Russia, racism and rage.

Americans know that the stranglehold the two national parties have on Congress has all but broken our democratic system of government.

Ask most informed voters, and they’ll tell you that Congress today more closely resembles the sham governments of dictatorships than it does anything remotely American.

One man said it like this:

“The way it is, we should just stop wasting money on elections and install the leadership of the RNC and the DNC as our government, because they pull all the strings anyway.”

The bipartisan centrist coalition, reportedly based on one founded in 2013 that later went inactive, was shepherded by Manchin and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). It may provide the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps Washington did hear what the voters were saying when they elected Donald Trump.

Ultimately, the outcome of the 2016 election was about rejecting extremist party politics  in favor of reclaiming a representative government.

It’s hard to tell whether the centrist Common Sense Coalition will survive and prosper beyond the midterms, much less whether it can be a model for a similar group in the House.

Certainly many of the members who shoe-horned themselves into Senator Collins’ office have themselves espoused some pretty partisan views up to this point, but they were still able to work out a deal without killing each other in the process.

(It has been reported that one member holding Senator Collins’ colorful Masai “talking stick” forcefully winged it at another member. Luckily the only casualty was reported to be a glass elephant.)

If your guy or gal was included in that bipartisan group, let them know you appreciate the effort.

After all, positive feedback is something they seldom hear today. Treats work when training puppies, so maybe it will have an salutatory effect on senators.

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