It seems Joe Manchin does not know where he belongs. Progressives know well what Manchin’s values represent. And it’s not for the poor & middle-class.
Joe Manchin should know
The moderator at The Economic Club asked Joe Manchin if it would be easier being a Republican or if he has been approached about becoming one.
“Every day, every day,” Joe Manchin responded. “Either that or just chatter.”
“Would life be easier?” the moderator asked.
“Much easier,” Manchin replied. “My goodness. Is that the purpose of being involved in public service? What I am telling you now is who I am. Do you think by having a “D” or an “I” or an “R” is going to change who I am? I don’t think the “Rs” are being more happy with me now than the “Ds” are right now. That is just about as bottom as I can put it right now. So I don’t know where in the hell I belong.”
I kinda like that answer for the sake of Democrats. He realizes that he will have no more power in the Republican Party. But as long as we have a 50/50 Senate, he has a lot of power.
That said, that Manchin believes that giving humane social services is creating an entitlement society shows a type of immorality not associated with humane Progressive values. He is unable to see that the parasites in the country are generally the rich and corporations.
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When it comes to Republicans serving their constituens, it usually depends on what is good for the politician rather than the pubic. In the recent past they were not so open with their smug, self serving attitude toward voters but then Trump. They now openly admit that they are against legislating because if they do something positive and for the good of society in general, they may be ‘primaried.’
Hill in March rationalized his opposition to the Medicaid expansion in remarkable terms.
“Even though my constituents voted for this lie, I’m going to protect them,” he said. “I am proud to stand against the will of the people.”
Rep. Justin Hill, Mo.
Manchin may not know how to identify himself but to be certain “public servant” is not it. People like him, in all parties, who only use their office as a means to remain in that office, have already violated their oath of office, and are not fit for public service.
“Summum bonum is a Latin expression meaning “the highest good”, which was introduced by the Roman philosopher Cicero, to correspond to the Idea of the Good in ancient Greek philosophy. The summum bonum is generally thought of as being an end in itself, and at the same time containing all other goods.”
The highest good, especially as the ultimate goal according to which values and priorities are established in an ethical system.
Never mind Robert Browning or Subrata Ray, the crux of the preamble to and the intention of the constitution seem to be contained in that latin phrase.
The crux of present day politicians, and a great deal of the public bent is mihi, memet, ego.
Well. Our present legislature is not an ethical system, so never mind. Wishful thinking on my part.
william roland hunn says
Manchin will not run to the Republican Party where he will immediately be primaried from the right and lose big.