By David A. Franklin, Jr.
Government shut-down advocates versus those Republicans who say it is a bad idea, and this threat of sending the government of the great US of A and its economy into a tail spin is for no other reason than to defund – you guess it! To defund ObamaCare which they have voted 40 times to repeal knowing full well they do not have the requisite number of votes to get the Healthcare Law of the land repealed. And we must remember it is the same House with the same ineffective, useless, feeble, unproductive Speaker/Leader who refuses to spend time to bring other worthwhile bills for the vote. And they must remember that the tax payers continue to having to cough up their fat salary, their excellent health coverage for them and their families while as they sit to repeal the Healthcare Law, their college children are benefiting from the very law!
They are divided on spending, on foreign policy on just about everything. One question to themselves is do they need to be all inclusive in their appeal to the electorate? Yes, no, maybe - this minute yes because and only because they realize their open bigotry in the 2012 election campaign cycle cost them the White House…. This is what they think but why they lost 2012… let me educate them that as long as their Democratic opponent was Barack Obama, that he was the reason they would not set foot in the White House. But let us go along with the bigotry theory. The reason is so openly and transparently self-serving and has no truth in it; a reason spoken in public by these Republicans but one that is not coming from the heart. The pendulum swings daily on this “all-inclusive path” from yes to no and back to yes then no.
Then there are the low personal levels as seen with the most recent Rand Paul/Chris Christie saga. Name calling being hurled back and forth and like true school yard wrangle with two grown men who are thought of as being capable of running (or is it ruining) the country! Here I must confess that I found some pleasure in watching from the ringside. Not only that Republicans are at each other’s throats but Rand Paul needs to know with whom to pick a fight; and for his own good should not be with my favorite Republican.
There is always a Jamaican proverb to fit just about every occasion, issue and situation. The one that fits this perfectly reads like this “If shark come from river bottom and say the river deep, it deep, believe him”. If the Republicans say there are birds of the wacko kind among them, believe them; if the say some are stale and moss-covered, believe them. Because they are coming from the bottom of the river of stupidity in the GOP and they know.
Out of North Carolina came a lone voice of Senator Burr: "I think it's the dumbest idea I've ever heard". "Some of these guys need to understand that if you shut down the federal government, you better have a specific reason to do it that's achievable." Mr. Burr seems to be one of the “stale and moss covered” of his party who remember full well when this strategy was approached against the Clinton Administration and the negative public opinion which played against the Republicans. When will these upstarts such as Paul and Cruz realize that the moss covered do have some use!
My message to the Republicans “Continue with you Tom foolery and it will not be the Healthcare Law, or the Foreign Policy which you think is flawed or the surveillance that you think is illegal that will bring this great country down, it is you who will with your divisiveness and self-serving ways and your one-up-man-ship that is bringing down the party. Every democracy needs and deserves a good opposition party to keep government on their toes for, and on behalf of the people and for the good of the country. What you are doing is wrong and will not only cause your downfall as a party but have untold repercussion for the country you profess so eloquently that you are proud to be a citizen of.
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