The DINO That Is Joe Manchin

What times these truly are. Today’s Republican party, which has clearly lost its

mind to the whims and ramblings of Donald Trump, is up against a Democratic

party that currently holds sway in Congress, just, and also the Oval Office

(although with a drastic slump in its approval rating for the president after just

one year). After four years of conservative chaos, or just simply chaos, the

Democrats now find themselves in a precarious position where they can

fundamentally alter the political direction of the country. Which sounds

wonderfully refreshing after the misery years of Donald Trump.

However, at

that point (cue the drum roll), enter one Joseph Machin III, senior senator from

the coal state of West Virginia. Aka, DINO – Democrat in Name Only,

Manchin is what one might call an “old school” southern-style Democrat.

More Dixie than progressive, he is true to his conservative DNA first and

foremost. His Democrat party membership card is nothing more than a pass to

poison the growing American progressive movement. That he holds get-

togethers in his spare time with the likes of Lindsey Graham is more than

telling. After all, you judge the character of someone by the company that

they keep and is this case the judgment is both cringeworthy and damning.

On top of that, Manchin has just declared that he will not be supporting the

Build Back Better program, thus condemning the will of the majority of the

American people who want actual, tangible government funded improvements

and enhanced socio-economic safety nets across the length and breadth of the

land, but now seemingly can’t have that. Manchin is one of the many reasons

in an ailing American society that we can’t have nice things. And here’s how

he is allowed to get away with it in such a bare-faced, shame free fashion.

The US has long prided itself on being the paradigm of democracy, a beacon of

what is supposedly politically righteous to the rest of the world. And while its

democratic intentions are clear, its actions are far from. Pretty much from the

get-go, American democracy has consisted of a two party, two sides of the

same coin, set up. It now oscillates back and forth between Republican evil

and Democratic evil-lite. But then, beneath that rotten veneer, there is the

Congressional potential fault-line of a single Senator exploiting a razor thin

party majority for his own specific gain.

As is the case with old coal boy Joe.

Manchin, despite his supposed Democrat credentials, hails from the

conservative leaning state of West Virginia. He holds many political points of

view that are more conservative than anything else. That’s because he has one

eye on his majority conservative West Virginian electorate more so than he

does of the needs and wants of the nation at large. To state the obvious,