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Letter: Republicans and conservatives share the blame for legislative logjam

(Jonathan Ernst | Pool via AP) Republican Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, listen as President Joe Biden speaks to a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

A disturbing trend is emerging in the mainstream media, as it seems fashionable to blame the Democrats for the dearth of much needed social legislation from Congress. Even PBS seems to be falling in the blame line with commentary like: “The Democrats need to show progress in passing their legislation to show voters that they can get something done for the 2022 midterms.”

Shouldn’t the Republicans and conservatives share the blame for this legislative logjam, as they have nothing constructive to offer to improve the country, but only obstruction and countless diversionary, conspiracy memes to offer as red meat for their base?

The list is endless: from injudicious use of the filibuster so that legislation can’t even be debated in Congress, to critical race and QAnon theories, politicization of public health issues like the need for COVID control with masks and vaccines, gerrymandering and phony calls for election audits, and the passage of election suppression laws in various states because the Republicans believe they can’t win if they don’t cheat.

It’s time to balance the news coverage by telling the truth about this dysfunction. Republican obstruction is the reason no legislation is being passed to improve the country, and they have nothing to offer towards that end. It’s the Democrats who are trying to improve the country, and we all are in deep trouble because this isn’t working.

John Kennington, Cottonwood Height

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