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The Tea Party’s Government Shutdown, Obamacare, and Insanity

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This is not a complicated situation. We have the ACA, aka Obamacare. It was passed by Congress, signed by the president, and survived a Supreme Court challenge. It’s the law of the land according to the US Constitution, and is being implemented as I type. The Tea Party refuses to pass a budget for government operations, insisting that the ACA be delayed a year before they will agree to do so. And now large parts of the government have shut down because Obama and the Democrats refuse to even consider such.  Dafuq? This is indeed screwed up, and is easily the worst government crisis since the decades preceding the Civil War.

The merits and faults of the ACA aren’t relevant here. That many in the media are portraying this situation as a “standoff” or a “disagreement” doesn’t actually make it a disagreement. It is a faction of a minority party claiming it has veto power over any existing law. The Tea Party is basically refusing to accept that the ACA is law, and insisting that it’s “my way or the highway.” This is the antithesis of democracy or constitutional government. And the Democrats and Obama are correct in holding the line, allowing a party who controls one house of congress to effectively veto any existing law would be a disastrous precedent to set. This is extortion, not government.

For its part the media is all over the map reporting on the government shutdown, mostly regurgitating the talking points of their targeted markets. The Tea Party is counting on this, I know hard-core Republicans who are still claiming the shutdown is because Obama refuses to negotiate. And they have plenty of voices in the right wing media to back them up. Many of them actually seem to believe that the ACA is some horrific draconian law that is going to turn the USA into a dictatorship. Five years of the extreme right wing press claiming Obama is the anti-Christ, a secret Muslim, and unAmerican seems to have really affected some people, they are living in a fantasy bubble world. Maybe it’s not charitable, but I guess if one believes in talking snakes and zombie prophets, well, the sky’s the limit. In any event, my point here is that our mainstream media is almost as dysfunctional as our government, it’s not helping.

This whole mess highlights the dangers of dogmatic ideology. A party that can’t or won’t compromise is a terrible threat to anything resembling democratic government. And giving them any sort of concession will just make them make more demands. In normal situations a party like this would be dooming itself, but these aren’t normal times. Sometimes in history parties like the Tea Party have gotten into power. That was Hitler’s secret, no compromise. One powerful politician after another aligned themselves with Hitler’s nascent party to improve their political position, only to find out too late that Hitler wasn’t going to compromise on anything and that Hitler was using them, not vice versa. And when Hitler’s party got strong enough, he simply disposed of his former rivals. I’m not comparing the Tea party to the Nazis, yet, but the fact that they are willing to do anything to get their way should scare anyone.

In some very real ways the Tea Party is carrying on the legacy of the Confederacy and the KKK, these are people who have still not accepted that the South lost the Civil War. In recent decades people like this have been a fringe group, but not any more. I don’t know what the end result of the shutdown is going to be, but the last time a political minority refused to compromise no matter what, the results weren’t pretty.

Yes, I am using extreme examples, and I certainly don’t think, yet, that we will see anything like the Civil War or the rise of Hitler. I use extreme examples because what the Tea party is doing is extreme. It’s a minority party willing to hurt millions of Americans and gut constitutional government to get their way. I urge the Democrats, moderate Republicans, and Obama to hold the line. The ACA is not on the table. If the Tea Party gets their way, the Republic will pay a terrible price.

(The above image is Public Domain under US copyright law as it was painted around 1865. Credit: Watercolour.  The Burning of Richmond, Alexandre Thomas Francia, Circa 1865. It’s the burning of Richmond at the end of the US Civil War. Another extreme example, but the Tea Party is an extremist party. One can only wonder what other countries think of this mess.)

Written by unitedcats

October 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

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  1. I just thought to mention … that the KKK and Confederacy were originally founded almost wholly by the Democratic Party – not the Republicans.

    (SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan) …

    The majority of Rank-And-File Confederates were Southern Democrats.

    (SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_States_Army)

    Interesting that this bit of history always seems to get turned around. I am aware of the alleged “switching sides” or whatever we want to call it. But the reality is that the Jim Crow laws were created from Democrats. … It was the Republican party that overwhelming voted for civil rights.

    (SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws)

    Mmmkay?

    It was the Republican party that made up a large component of the Union military … as well as founded the NRA – which _trained_ Union soldiers. Also an interesting little tidbit of history that some might “mis-remember.”

    (SOURCE: http://www.policymic.com/articles/23929/10-surprising-facts-about-the-nra-that-you-never-hear)

    Might want to be a little careful before we throw around the “KKK” and the Confederacy, okie-dokie? Because historically speaking, one might look a bit foolish.

    David

    November 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    • Your comment is entirely irrelevant to the original post.

      ethomaz

      November 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    • Excellent response David…I should have read this before I posted below. I came across this page via facebook and found some good reads and then this article appeared. The article above is pure, unadulterated liberalism at its finest! Keep it up David, its facts like these that make them squirm!

      Darren Hubbell

      November 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  2. Settled law… like the 2nd amendment, which is constantly ignored, laws passed in violation of it, people’s rights challenged, court cases made to challenge it, efforts made to repeal it, attempts to interfere with it by regulation and taxation, etc.

    By the way, refusing to enforce a law by not funding it is a time honoured way to fight it. Indeed, that is why the House of Representatives are in control of the budget and they are elected every two years so as to be most responsive to the will of the people… and which could be a good reason why the Democrats lost control of it so dramatically in 2010, and barely kept control of the Senate by recounting and recounting more and more ‘lost’ votes until Al Franken was finally seated.

    Eric Richardson

    November 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm

  3. I stumpled upon this page reading your article about fungal growth inside the Chernobyl reactor. Very good read. I thought, let me check out more! Then this article appeared and I read this, “In some very real ways the Tea Party is carrying on the legacy of the Confederacy and the KKK, these are people who have still not accepted that the South lost the Civil War.” If you are going to throw stuff like that around, then cite specific examples of the Tea Party carrying on the legacy of the Confederacy and the KKK, which I think is a really uneducated statement.

    Darren Hubbell

    November 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm


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