What Makes Mitch McConnell Even Worse Than the Rest.

He always manages to set himself apart.

Lauren Elizabeth
Oct 22, 2020 · 4 min read
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Especially considering what the American people have been subjected to over the course of even just the past seven months, it’s genuinely difficult to know where to begin when it comes to the Republican party. As I have discussed before, when we take into account the levels of unnecessary pain, stress, trauma, and death that people have been subjected to after our Government found itself woefully ill-prepared and unwilling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, I can’t help thinking that in a rational world, we would have revolted by now. In a rational world with consequences, it’s an objective truth that tens of millions of jobs lost, hundreds of thousands of people dead, and the masses being given a one time check of $1200 after hundreds of billions of our taxpayer dollars were given to corporations would have prompted people to take to the streets.

As more time passes, I’ve come to accept the brutal fact that the American people are just used to the cruelty, and that’s thanks in large part to Kentucky’s own Senator Mitch McConnell.

To be clear, every single lawmaker who has sat back and done nothing while communities continue to struggle and grow increasingly desperate should be terrified and ashamed to show their faces in public. But there’s a distinguishable quality one cannot help noticing about Mitch McConnell that sets him apart from even the most reprehensible among our lawmakers, and the Republican party in particular.

When asked recently if his Coronavirus relief bill that he would be putting on the floor of the Senate for a vote included another check for the American people, McConnell responded:

“No, it- it doesn’t. But it does address an awful lot of things that we do agree on, and I don’t think the fact those checks are not a part of this package, as others have said, is a good argument for not doing what we’re laying on the floor. Most of which is completely without controversy.”

Of course, being who he is, McConnell has reportedly taken it even further, and told the White House not to agree to a deal with Speaker Pelosi before the election.

At this rate, there is a very real possibility that there will be no relief bill until February.

The thing is, when it comes to McConnell’s fellow lawmakers, I get the feeling that the majority of them either lack the ability to care, or have simply chosen to ignore the extent of the crisis they continue to allow to get worse. They have become so insulated from the pain, desperation, and justifiable rage people are experiencing, that they have no conceivable idea about the level of suffering they have created, and allowed to fester. For many of our lawmakers, their sole focus is the pursuit of power and decent stock portfolios for the donor class who fund their campaigns. While that is certainly true of Mitch McConnell, part of me cannot shake the feeling that he also finds some sense of pleasure in the suffering.

When Amy McGrath addressed in their debate that the House had passed a relief bill in May, and the Senate (under the leadership of Mitch McConnell) went on recess, McConnell’s response was to laugh.

Not only does Mitch McConnell lack any ability to care for his fellow human beings who are having any last shred of stability they had destroyed through no fault of their own, part of me suspects he gets a sick, twisted sense of pride that these people cannot look to the Government for help. After all, the total desperation people are experiencing is a scenario he spent decades in politics meticulously creating as the self-identified ‘Grim Reaper’ of any legislation that would even remotely benefit the American people.

He may be many things, but Mitch McConnell is not unintelligent. The man is entirely aware of how his worldview and the decades he has spent carefully implementing it is negatively impacting the American people. Is it really hard to believe that he might get at least some sense of enjoyment out of the idea that we’re currently left to fend for ourselves because of him?

Isn’t this how he intended it to be all along?

At this point, the real issue is not even his cruelty. The issue is that the cruelty — much like the hypocrisy — is the point. No one donating to Mitch McConnell cares at all about his inability to care, or the joy he gets out of seeing average working people struggle. The fact is, for those who need him in office so that they can continue to capitalize off of his policies, he has delivered. For the very richest among us, they could not have found a better ally over the decades he has spent in power. But everyone else? To them, we’re not even an afterthought.

Lauren Elizabeth

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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