“Disloyalty, betrayal, treachery to one’s country or its government”-that is what treason is made of. “Loyalty, devotion, allegiance, commitment” – this other side of the coin has been in questionable existence, in a political atmosphere which has been rife with acts, utterances and comments, which amount to at very least, disloyalty to this
The forgoing is the opening comments of my blog post of August 25th, 2011 captioned "Politics of Destruction Version 2.0 .....Patriotism or Treason?"
In this article I questioned the intentions of the Republican House Representatives, the Republican Senators and the Republican Presidential hopefuls, the Paul Ryans and the Grover Norquists and other such beings of this world!..... By golly if it smells like treason, and looks like treason, IT IS TREASON!
In August 2011 I made some observations, since it was evident from Republican’s collective misbehavior, when they made it blatantly clear that they were hell-bent on making this President fail and by a (microscopically) close extension, they will bring the country to its knees. We have heard the saying “so as to rob one man of his job, they put
millions out of work”and at the same time, give not one iota of care but for their selfish and wicked agenda.
If Mr. Robert Draper’s account is to be believed, then this is treason! Betrayal and disloyalty to the people who put their trust in them and elected them to carry out a job to take the country to prosperity – “one nation under God…” Their actions amount to nothing short of treachery to both the government and the country and one would wish that if they are found guilty they should be brought to justice and suffer the consequences fit for any traitor! This recent revelation by
Robert Draper in his book “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives http://www.huffingtonpost.com2012/04/25/robert-draper-anti-obama-campaign_n_1452899.html detailing what happened in that clandestine meeting convened on the very night of Barak Obama’s inauguration when the Republican“Who is Who” met to plan the demise of the new President and the country. This gives credence to the idiom “You never see smoke without fire”.
The Fire: The meeting was the making of the fire:
1. Kevin McCarthy’s (Calif.) charge to the Republicans present "We've gotta challenge them on every single bill and
challenge them on every single campaign." No thought of the country is evident in this statement.
2. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) added his fuel to the fire with his suggestion to go after incoming Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on
Social Security and Medicare taxes issues related to his tenure in the International Monetary Fund. Kyl wasted no
time and went into action with such disgraceful and indecent haste the very next day!
3. Eric Cantor with not an ounce of decency which continues to be displayed in the permanent smirk he wears, went
into action just eight days after the inauguration and orchestrated the first of the big “NOs” to the President’s plans,
this time against the economic stimulus plan. Of course, the Republican surreptitious strategy had trickled down to
the ‘also-rans’ in the party (Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich) and the other“etceteras”.
4. The National Republican Congressional Committee within two months went into full gear running ads attacking
Democrats they see as vulnerable. I identified these “vulnerable” Democrats in my April blog “Myth or Reality
Racism in 21st Century America” as those Blue Dog Democrats who worked alongside their Republican
counterparts against progress not having the intelligence to see they were working against themselves. Many of
whom (over 20) lost their seats in the 2010 mid-term election. They played right into the Republican trap.
5. The plan – as stated by Mr. Draper’s book is to “Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in
2011. Win the White House in 2012”.
The Smoke:The smoke has been burning the country’s eyes ever since and we can only now, since the publication of
the Draper book see where it originated or the reason for it.
1. The debacle on the debt ceiling and the country’s credit rate down grade
2. Not modifying the bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures
3. Not regulating the subprime mortgage industry
4. “No” votes to stimulus packages for jobs, infrastructure and energy
5. Boehner voted “No” to the DISCLOSURE Act, which would require corporations, unions and other groups to disclose
campaign activities and restrict campaign spending by foreign firms, large government contractors and companies
that get taxpayer bailouts. On this same issue of disclosure, Mitch McConnell in 2000 said transparency “is the best
antidote to corruption” and seven years later, John Boehner himself said “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”. They have
since seen the folly of their ways since corruption is the way to go to finance their campaign. They use nondisclosure
to their benefit
6. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham both co-authored the cap-and-trade bill but they have since had an
about face, using it as a weapon against the Democratic Party.
7. Eleven Republicans along with Sen. John McCain and President Bush supported comprehensive immigration reform
but now they wind of convenience has again changed and they no longer wish to be identified with it.
8. They have played politics with the emergency unemployment benefits
9. Individual Insurance Mandate was once favored by both parties. Republicans favored it over an employer mandate
and supported it to enforce personal responsibility. Now what they once supported, and enacted they have brought
up for a ruling by the Supreme Court.
10. On Medicare spending curbs, McConnell and McCain lead some Republicans on proposing several solutions
including combined Medicare and Medicaid cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years but as the wind of convenience blew
in another direction they oppose the Democrats’ proposal of under $500 billion Medicare savings over the
next 10 years.
The country is half dead, suffering from smoke inhalation and needs resuscitation. It is not clear if either party will measure up to the task. On the one hand, the Republicans are only concerned about themselves getting into the White House, controlling both Houses (Congress and Senate), putting more money into the pockets of large corporations and the top 1%, and storing their rapacious gains in the Cayman Islands, Swiss and Irish Bank Accounts.
On the other hand, Mr. President, I beg you that when you are back in the White House please suspend the word “compromise” from your dictionary for obvious reasons. You are not working with normal human beings. And Democrats, I refer you to another of my blog posts of August 2011, “Message to Democrats... you are divided and you will not stand”. The philosophy“A house divided cannot stand” originated by Jesus Christ and adapted by Abraham Lincoln should be fresh in your minds since you saw it in action in 2010 mid-term.
One question that is haunting me...Why did it take Mr. Robert Draper until now to reveal this finding? Is it that his research spanned the past 3 some years before he could be absolutely certain of what he says or is his coming out with these “gems” timed to maximize personal gains of his published works?” Should it be the latter, which I hope it isn’t, would he be different from those who consider self above country?