It is becoming increasingly obvious that reason, facts, and logic are ineffective tactics to use against ideological extremism. I’m thinking the Texas solution is the only way out of the insanity that is destroying this country: let them secede and suggest that they take a few out-of-state tea-baggers with them.
This article in the Daily Beast is spot on but even I am getting bored hearing about the problem when the problem has no reasonable solution. Is America so dumb it still falls for the lies and illegal maneuvers that are robbing them of their power, their finances, and their freedom?
If the president refuses to defund Obamacare, House Republicans are happy to retaliate with a government shutdown. What they’re really headed for is complete ruination, says Kirsten Powers.
The Republican Party is destroying America.
Harsh words, yes. But inescapably true. It’s a bit of a murder-suicide. House Republicans’ willingness to lay waste to the country to satisfy their fringiest faction will ultimately guarantee the GOP irrelevancy as a national party, unless they change their ways. In the meantime, they seem determined to take us all down with them.
There isn’t even a feint toward decency. In what has become a recurring nightmare, House Republicans are using budget negotiations to play chicken with the stability of the American economy. This time, they want President Obama to agree to defund his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act. If he refuses to strangle his own baby in the crib, Republicans are happy to retaliate. They’ll shut down the government. These are not people with whom one can work.
Last year, Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of Brookings wrote a book about this dysfunction known as the new Republican Party. It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism makes a compelling case that the problems in Washington are not the result of “both sides”—the oft-preferred media frame—but of a GOP that has become all but unrecognizable to most Americans.
Ornstein cites this example that the GOP has lost it:
The bizarreness of this monomaniacal focus on Obamacare, given that it is fundamentally a Republican program from the 1990s mixed in with Romneycare. Obamacare relies on the private sector; there is no public option. That you are willing to bring the country to its knees to sabotage it … just shows this is a party that has gone off the rails.
The Republican controlled House of Representatives is about to vote for the forty-something time to abolish or defund the Affordable Care Act. Remember the definition of mental illness? Then, they openly brag that they will shut down the government if they don’t get what they want. So the Republican ideologies are more important than the health and stability of the country? Is that treasonous? Of course the GOP is careful to insist that any shutdown of the government is the President’s fault (and even suggest that Obama has been planning the shutdown all along).
Is the GOP certifiable and we can just send them to seek treatment in the Texas?