In praise of the newly elected Republican congressman who are refusing government-paid health care

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I'm sure all these people are much better off than the median American, but this is an honorable, principled action, period. Whatever their ideological reasons, they are throwing in their lot with the people, and this should be respected.

Also in praise of the Tea Party Republicans elected who helped vote down the Patriot Act extensions. The question is, why is it expected to come up for a vote again, and pass? What makes some legislation inevitable (and reported as such by the media) and other a maybe long shot? It certainly has nothing to do with the considered or unconsidered opinion of the public, or the individual positions of people in Congress. Investigating this question, instead of treating it as the unalterable, unexaminable boundaries in which everything takes place, would be a step toward knowing how power works, who holds it, and how it may be challenged.

in other i'm-taking-the-side-of-the-republicans news, i think it is not a good thing that the Republican congresperson from New York resigned within hours of it coming out that he sent a photo of himself in response to a singles ad on Craigslist. The possibility of cheating on his wife (i assume, since he also apologized to his family) is really not important for a congressperson compared to