One of the most amusing signs I saw in protest of Grassroots Conservatives late last month was one that called the Republican Party the “Grand Obstructionist Party.” Apparently the sign-maker is relying on an old meme and forgot that Republicans control the White House and both houses of Congress. There will not be any obstructionism by the Republican Party, who will move full steam ahead to implement their agenda. Now, the obstructionists are Democrats determined to thwart President Donald Trump.
Putting aside the obvious and glaring hypocrisy of the same people who whined about “obstructionism” for the last eight years now being the obstructionists, can we put this silly meme to rest once and for all? It is always childish, it is always hypocritical, and it always demonstrates a lack of seriousness in thinking about policy. Nobody on the planet is categorically opposed to obstructionism. No such person exists now, no such person has ever existed and no such person will ever exist.
Here is what we all believe: Policies we support should not be obstructed, and policies we oppose should be obstructed. There are no exceptions. If we believe certain legislation will be beneficial to economic growth, national security, public order, or the interest of justice, we want that legislation to be passed and signed rather than obstructed. If we believe certain legislation will be detrimental to the aforementioned goals, we want that legislation to be obstructed, stopped or reversed. Again, this is universal for everyone who is politically inclined, from the grassroots activists on the Left and Right to the President of these United States.
Let’s move beyond the silly sound bites and memes. Let’s stop the hypocritical virtue signaling about “obstructionism” and start acting like adults who take this stuff seriously.