Participating in American democracy, if it can be called that, is something like attending a play or movie. You are immediately conscious of your role as a spectator, rather than an active participant in the proceedings. And you are immediately forced to suspend your disbelief the moment you begin to focus your attention upon the scenario playing itself out on the stage before you.
You know going in that a lot of what you are about to witness will bear no resemblance whatsoever to real life, and you know that you are effectively powerless to affect the flow or outcome of events, no matter how insane they may be. You swallow hard and do your best to make believe that there is something – anything – that effectively separates the good guys from the bad. All too frequently, though, even this modest hope is mercilessly dashed. So it is with congressional Democrats’ refusal of funding for the closure of the U.S. concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay.