Myopia

Moreover, the perspective and view of the dysfunction and factionalism within the Republican party which is wielded at the moment by figures like Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries or the Democratic representatives who touted their popcorn on social media does not encompass or take into consideration all the aspects, dimensions, and implications of the current situation in Washington. Nor is it necessarily a long-ranging perspective and view which can endure for a very long time.

As I mentioned to some folks, the deadlock over the speaker position actually benefits Joe Biden and his administration to a certain extent, given that the deadlock stalls and thwarts any immediate prospects of investigations. However, the benefits and the utility of this deadlock for Joe Biden and his administration can last only to a certain extent and only for a certain period of time, and that is the extent and time to which Biden and his administration get funded by Congress at the executive level. For now, the Biden administration is getting funded by Congress up until September as a result of the 1.7 trillion-dollar spending bill that was passed recently. But once the funding ends in September, the deadlock over the speaker position will no longer benefit or serve the Biden administration, even though the deadlock serves Biden and his administration for the moment because it stalls and thwarts the prospects of investigations. Thus, from September onward, the deadlock over the speaker position will favor the ones who prompted the deadlock in the first place, namely, the “Trumpian” or “hardline” or “hardcore” faction within the Republican party. 

The question is whether the current deadlock over the speaker position will last until September, which is when the funding for the Biden administration draws down. The extent of this deadlock depends largely on how long this particular Republican faction can uphold their current position of imposing a deadlock on the rest of Washington. There are psychological factors involved as well, given that there will be immense mainstream pressure on this particular faction of the Republican Party to accede to McCarthy’s speakership and to bring an end to the deadlock. How long this deadlock lasts remains to be seen. But for the Democrats to celebrate the current deadlock and dysfunction is myopic and short-sighted, and in a sense, nothing better is expected out of today’s politicians. 

Moreover, if one were to dig deeper as we have done in previous instances, the deadlock over the speaker position is actually a surface issue and it merely scratches the surface of something much deeper, namely, the issue of institutional failure in both Congress as well as other institutions which exist in the broader international society and on multiple levels of international society. And as mentioned before, there is no “quick fix” to the issue that runs deeper than the mere surface issue of the deadlock over the speaker position in Congress, which is the issue of institutional failure on numerous levels of international society. 

It is as though institutional failure on multiple or numerous levels of international society is inevitable, given both the credibility and legitimacy crisis which faces these institutions as well as the economic, financial, political, and social factors which confront these institutions. Arguably, what else can one expect when Washington was spending billions of dollars a week in Afghanistan alone and without counting all the other instances of ridiculous spending over the span of the last two or three decades? 

And in some cases, institutional failure can translate into state failure. In sum, institutions on multiple or numerous levels of international society and in some cases entire states are under the immense pressure of “global changes” and “forces” which may in fact overpower and overwhelm these institutions and states over the long run. And in a sense, how these institutions, states, and societies adjust to these “global changes” and “forces” is more of an art than an exact science which has no clear-cut explanation or “quick fix” and in turn this adjustment is confounded by a confluence of economic, financial, political, and social factors which we have discussed before.

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