Democrats are laying the whip to the foundations of our republic. Those who represent us are either standing aside in mute obeisance or taking their beating in silence. What can be learned from the whimpers of the cowed, distant in the still?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has laid down the law. The gauntlet has been thrown. The new leader of the Democrats has taken charge.
Moderate Democrats have been given notice. Voting in any way that represents your district, but does not represent the Democratic agenda, will result in being blacklisted. How will Jared Golden, who campaigned on standing up to his party, respond?
Jared Golden voted against the gun control bill, even making a public statement that the bill did not reflect the will of his constituents. This prompted a swift rebuke from the new leader of green deals. Stepping out of the new green lock-step will find you on the Ocasio-Cortez naughty list.
There is an expectation, in a republic, that the representative should attempt to represent. Should a representative speak to power in defense of those in his district? Not if the Democratic Party holds its sway over Golden.
Imagine in this republic being placed on a blacklist for attempting to represent your constituents. Imagine that representative already too cowed and bullied to issue a public response, a rebuke for this travesty of overreach. Imagine no more! If you listen to the reality, you will hear the still and quiet that surrounds the silence that is Golden.