Bipartisan Deals are a Myth

Have you heard? The Democrats and Republicans have come together to reach a bipartisan deal on gun control:

Two US senators have struck a bipartisan deal to expand background checks on gun buyers, boosting White House hopes for a firearms control law.

Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican, unveiled their plans in Washington DC.

The proposal would expand criminal background checks for buyers to include gun shows and online sales.

I’m not sure why the term bipartisan is still used. According to Google bipartisan is defined as “Of or involving the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other’s policies.” Bipartisan, by definition, assumes the existence of two political parties that usually support opposing policies. Besides the minor differences of party color and totem animal there are no notable difference between the Republican and Democratic parties. Both parties have the same goal: expand the power of the state. To maintain the illusion of choice the parties pretend that they have different strategies when it comes to expanding the state’s power but, in the end, they both want an all powerful state and rules over every detail of our lives.

Therefore it’s not an accurate statement to call this gun control deal bipartisan. The deal was brokered between two organizations within the same political party. The term is used solely as a mechanism to divide and conquer the populace. So long as the general population believes that there are two ideologically different political parties they will happily fight one another over meaningless details instead of focusing on the real enemy, the state.

2 thoughts on “Bipartisan Deals are a Myth”

  1. my biggest issue is labelling it a compromise, there is no such thing as a compromise on the gun issue unless increased background checks accompanied a federal shall issue CCW overriding any state laws to the contrary. Instead it is merely a question of how much we lose and the anti-gunners gain.

    1. It’s just like federal budget cuts. They’re not really cuts, the budget is still increasing it’s just not increasing as much as was originally proposed.

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