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From left to right, Senators Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi attend the ceremony where former US Senator Bob Dole received the Gold Medal of Congress. EFE
From left to right, Senators Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi attend the ceremony where former US Senator Bob Dole received the Gold Medal of Congress. EFE

We all lose in the blame game

After a weekend of government suspension due to lack of agreements among the country's legislators, what everyone is asking is “whose fault is it?”

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May 27th, 2022

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This weekend will be remembered not only as the anniversary of the small inauguration of President Trump but as the three days in which nobody agreed.

Neither the senators, nor the journalists, nor the international observers managed to establish a culprit, a homogenous source of misunderstandings.

The President insisted on Twitter that the fault lies with the Democratic Party, who "want to deny services and security to citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens."

For their part, the Democratic representatives assure that the problem falls solely and exclusively on Trump because, as the leader of the minority in the Senate Chuck Schumer explained last Saturday, "It’s next to impossible to strike a deal with the President because he can’t stick to the terms", as CNN reported.

"When you sit with the president, you can see that he really wants to do it,” the Senator continued. “But then a few hours later because of the right-wing pressure, he backs off.”

Also, House spokesman Paul Ryan tried to turn the blame on the other side by saying: "I ask the American people to understand this: the only ones that are preventing the government from staying open are the Democrats.”

But political analysts and observers determined that the problem is more complex.

According to POLITICO, the facts show that the Democrats are the "technical" culprits, so to speak, of the government's shutdown, because through the obstruction they made clear their positions regarding financing and the use of DACA as a currency of exchange by the Republicans.

For April Ponnuru of the Conservative Reform Network, it is the Republicans who are perceived by the public eye as "anti-government", for not having shown as much interest in financing reforms as in the commitment to the future of the Dreamers.

And so the ball has been passed from field to field for days, putting in suspense not only society in general but hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who feel their lives hanging by a thread.

And is that in the game of blame, we all lose.

The government's closure this weekend is just a symptom of a much more endemic disease: the government depends on a political majority that has put ideological interests above democratic procedures and the Democratic minority in agencies has reacted very late to a catastrophe in the White House.

Meanwhile, a more important phenomenon boils in the streets, where thousands of people took the streets to demonstrate that this year the GOP will see the consequences of having succumbed to the political tribalism, and the feminine, immigrant and diverse force of the American community cries out to vote no longer for a political party but for a cause.

Whoever is to blame, it is time for US society to take charge of its own future through independent, activist, immigrant and heterogeneous platforms that promise revolutionary elections for this November 2018.

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