Posted 4 years ago on Dec. 29, 2012, 10:13 a.m. EST by brightonsage
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The sound of one hand clapping was an expression to illustrate that some things are truly under the control one entity and it should, as a corollary, hold the other party blameless.
Americans want cooperation and compromise as a part of the governing process. Unfortunately, only one hand ever claps and the silence is profound. The press refuses to recognize that only one hand doesn't move and blames both parties equally for failing to deliver, not just less than the public wants, but nothing at all. This doesn't occur because the media is stupid, and they are, it is because they are owned, managed and are the same group as the party that is owned, managed by and are 1%ers, and that refuses to engage, known as the GOP.
The decision not to participate is a unilateral one, and blaming parties equally that have offered to participate and those who have refused is willfully unfair and deserves equal blame as the party that refused to participate and reach compromise.
The latest fact to be suddenly discovered in the fiscal cliff "crisis" is the Hastert Rule, which requires that a majority of the GOP members of the of the House must support a bill before the House will be allowed to vote on it. The result is that a majority of the House comprised of a mix or GOP and Dems never get a chance to vote on a compromise. Only if it could be claimed as a GOP bill by having the majority of the majority in favor of it will it come to the floor for a vote. It has been said by GOP House members that if Obama's initial proposal were brought to the floor it would pass (with both GOP and Dem votes).
The media conveniently did not expose this during the election so that GOP voters who favored compromise according to polls, didn't realize that voting for GOP candidates guaranteed that they wouldn't get the compromises that they wanted. You would expect Faux News to hide this fact, but the "real" main stream media hid it also. So much for the "left leaning" Main Stream Media leaning left. This is an obvious case of collusion with the right, oligarchs.
So, listen carefully for the many other cases of one hand clapping.