Even though Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell might have saved the planet at the 11th, the country marched two weeks in to a Tea Party-orchestrated shut down of the United States government… primarily over the Affordable Care Act; which is the law of the land that was upheld by the Supreme Court and then underscored by Obama’s dick slapping of Willard Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election.
And while Congressman John Boehner holds the title “speaker of the house” it is quite clear that he had no control over his party that holds the majority, and that the 40 members of the House are the true leaders of the party, and when they were given their chance to show that they have some visions for the direction of the country, they shit the bed.
I get that the GOP and the Teabag Party Caucus don’t want Obamacare; it’s a big government outlay that will alter a huge chunk of the economy going forward, it raises taxes and it prevents the health insurance industry from gouging the public (so health insurance company investments aren’t going to deliver big gains and put money in the pockets of those who can afford to invest these days). It’s a bete noir to their core values… but you lost in every avenue to defeat it that a democracy allows.
So the real stink is coming from the Debt Ceiling, which at midnight tonight reaches its limit. The Treasury will have exhausted its borrowing ability, and it is this money that’s being spent by the federal government that’s stepping on the dicks of the Tea Party. But let’s look at something… under Obama’s watch a lot of federal spending has been slashed, from the 2011 Debt Ceiling Squabble to the Across-The-Board Sequester, which is what the GOP claims it wants (but I think they just want to ran a dick up the Black President’s ass to teach “the uppity nigger” a lesson).
A great deal of the (highly arguable) over-spending claims and Obama-instigated ballooning federal deficit that gave rise to the Tea Party jerkweeds in the first place, are disingenuous. Toying with the country’s economy, and therefore the world, should be considered treasonous… but I don’t think anyone in the mainstream media sees it that way, and therefore hasn’t presented this theory/fact. Obama could get impeached by the new speaker of the house (’cause I doubt Boehner retains the position), if he sidesteps Congress and invokes the 14th Amendment to force the Treasury to pay the country’s bills.
The most head-scratching thing is that the Tea Party can’t even come to an agreement amongst themselves over what they want; no sense of vision or leadership, and that’s why they’re dangerous. All they can do is say, “no” to Obama’s policies. The opposition that doesn’t present an alternative and just pooh-poohs is a bunch of bitch-ass MuthaFs.
SLITTING DEMOCRACY’S THROAT
Yet and still the GOP and its Tea Party crackpots receive a lot of support (from the grossly uninformed electorate and obscenely wealth individuals; stranger bedfellows I can hardly imagine). Their obstructionist tactics to defund Obamacare is so antithetical to good faith democracy — the so-called ethos of this country — that it undermines the moniker “The World’s Greatest Democracy” at an unprecedented level.
But let’s face it, that is exactly what the GOP has been after for the last generation with the gerrymandering/redistricting chess moves (if this is NOT anti-democratic, then I don’t know what is… considering that convicts, housed in rural areas, are barred from voting yet count toward the representative population in those Congressional districts) such that the overwhelming majority of House of Representative seats are “safe”; free of any kind of true challenge from the opposing party (which is some cases favors the Democrats).
Aggressive gerrymandering on its ugly surface alone takes a toxic explosive diarrhea shit on the graves of the Founding Fathers (who I can’t give any respect to any more as means to justify any post-Reconstruction reasoning for any new law) and the Constitution that they laid down (now exposed for being a potentially laughable governing document, and shown for what it really is — a instrument for giving Big Business and capitalists free reign like no other country in the history of the world).
Chew on this juicy fact: in the 2012 House races, 1 million more votes were cast for Democrats, yet the Republicans still maintain control. Democracy is bleeding out in 21st Century America.
Democracy is supposed to be about majority rule from the ballot box and (at least) bi-partisan agreements and compromises for effective governance. If you don’t like what’s happening, the ballot box is the way to switch up the politicians and policies that make more sense to the majority of the people.
However, how can you support the concept of democracy, if your vigorous (and respected) opposition is no longer that, when that opposition turns into outright obstructionism with strong-arm tactics that remind me of the SA (Brown Shirts) in Weimar Germany. It’s like the kid who takes his football away because he didn’t win the coin toss and then was scored on in the first play of the game.
It’s being a pussy-ass sore loser.
ACTING AN ASS WITHOUT FEAR
Now here’s the rub on this whole situation, and it’s really fucked up – a radical Right-Wing group, no matter how distasteful and racist (‘cause we KNOW that racism has seen a resurgence since Obama was first elected), has successfully flaunted the country’s mythological ideals and spirit to the utmost, even when it behaves most terribly and in ways that would have the likes of Thomas Jefferson eat King George’s shit he’d be so disgusted.
This same radical Right-Wing group can act a fool, because they know that no radical Left-Wing group will rise up and mirror the same bad behavior (political extortion, economic blackmail and legislative obstructionist tactics) in Washington even if a Right-Wing majority ruled Congress and a Right-Wing jackass sat in the Oval Office. Why? Because a radical Left-Wing group does more than hint at socialism and communism, and in America – at any and all its points in history – it is far better to be a branded loud-mouthed racist or an anti-Semite than to branded a socialist or a communist.
Take the case of movie producer John Palermo, who recently openly called Kanye West a classless nigger in print. He’ll get a pass (after some public shaming and a difficult few years as a producer), but if he was making claims to radically redistribute wealth, he’d be shunned and prevented from working.
Look at how the Right has used the ugly of stick of socialism to paint Obama since Day One; it’s one of the midwives for the birth of the Tea Party.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL…
The problem with running away from socialism while throwing stones at it is that one needs to take a careful look at just how socialist the United States actually is; all the government handouts in the form of the social safety net, farm subsidies (that disproportionately help citizens and voters in the Red States) and other forms of corporate welfare, government-back loans for housing and farms and business (the SBA)… are are wealth redistribution efforts. Yet there’s a lot of avoiding this picture… unless you put people of color in the frame, then he have voters up in arms about handing money to lazy, shiftless blacks and illegal latinos.
Something that I think people forget is that during the Great Depression lots of white Americans joined the American Communist Party, because in the aftermath of that wanton destruction of the majority’s wealth that tore the poor a new asshole, redistribution seemed like a possible good idea… at the time. But those desperate choices and political leanings came back to take their pound of flesh.
How do you think Senator Joseph McCarthy and his Inquisitors were able to launch the Red Scare in the early 1950s unless a sizable portion of the population had either embraced or been curious about communism during the hopelessness of the Great Depression. The stain of being a communist is so virulent that McCarthy was able to dredged up records from 20 years prior to destroy people’s lives.
Reagan, what a bitch.