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While we weren’t looking, our government was overthrown

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From page A14 | October 06, 2013 | 9 Comments

Congress, do you have any idea how much The American People hate you right now? I say “The American People” because you love to throw that phrase around when you’re making outrageous claims about what we want, what we think, and how we feel. You know what The American People want? For you to do your jobs, and end this outrageous government shutdown.

While none are innocent, congressional Republicans are culpable for this federal fiasco, allowing that tea party buffoon Ted Cruz to be the tail wagging the dog. Meanwhile, people who need cancer treatments aren’t getting potentially lifesaving care, when moments matter. Single mothers aren’t getting milk and food for their children, and poison-laced imported food isn’t being screened.

More than 2 million federal workers aren’t getting paid, and may never get that money back. Small business financing is grinding to a halt. Head Start preschools face closure. Flu shots won’t be available, and those with weakened immune systems, the elderly and the very young will be at risk. Some may die. I ask you — is one beloved grandmother or tiny child worth this absurd, self-serving melodrama?

And why is this taking place? Because the Party that lost this round refuses to obey the law of the land, the Constitution and the Supreme Court? Didn’t we used to call this treason, or as my iPinion colleague Kelvin Wade so brilliantly summarized it, a coup d’état? Do any of the congressional Republicans even remember how this country works? Majority rule? Hello? Ring a bell, anyone?

Respecting majority rule is the foundation of our country. If the minority refuses to obey the law and shuts down the government, that foundation is eroding. Those who don’t like the direction of the government or its decisions are supposed to work a little harder to convince voters to support their ideas. When you return to the polls, if you succeed, great. If not — better luck next time. That’s how it’s supposed to work, here in America.

Seriously, Congress! What the hell is going on here? If this were a terrorist group that invaded Capitol Hill and hijacked our government, you’d be deploying the National Guard to put a stop to it. Oh wait. You can’t do that — because you shut down the government. The Nut Wing of the Right Wing has succeeded in doing what the 9/11 terrorists failed to do: destroy our government. And yet, we just sit here, stunned, wondering what happened and taking no action.

This tiny Tea Party Nut Wing, this nasty little barking Chihuahua, has managed to intimidate the entire Republican Congress. What are you so afraid of? Kick that yapping pipsqueak to the curb! You! John Boehner! Stop behaving like an obsequious, cowering wimp and inform the Nut Wing that this isn’t how government works. Sit their sorry butts down and give them a Civics 101 lesson. It’s really, really, really simple: Here in American, we respect the majority rule. Period. If we don’t like the majority’s decisions, we make change by persuading voters to agree with us. We do not hijack the government until we get our way.

And make sure Crusader Cruz writes “We respect majority rule” on the blackboard 100 times.

John Boehner, if only I could slap you, Moonstruck style, and scream, “Snap out of it!” Don’t you realize that you’re participating in the destruction of your own party? I, for one, do not want to see the Republican Party dissolve. We need that yin-yang balance. We need the Republican Party — not this current clown car of lunacy, but the real Republican Party, which stood for fiscal responsibility and keeping taxes in check. Remember that? Are Republicans suffering from collective amnesia? Snap out of it!

Think, John, think. Your party stood for something once. Now? Your guess is as good as mine. I can tell you what it will stand for in the next election, however: epic landslide loss. Check the polls, dude. The majority of The American People place the blame for the government shutdown and the overall complete dysfunction of Congress on the Republicans.

And Democrats, before you get a little too giddy over that fact, consider this: A CNN poll on Oct. 1 revealed that 87 percent of The American People disapprove of the job their federal lawmakers are doing. Eighty-seven percent of the population is a huge, huge, huge majority. And it does not like you. Only 10 percent approve of our Congress right now. Who could possibly approve of this Congress? Their relatives, maybe? People too stoned to understand the poll questions? Disenfranchised Hipsters trying to be ironic?

Eight-seven percent disapproval rating. Holy cow. Congress, that whopping number stretches way across the aisle. It’s a mathematical way of saying “A pox on both your houses.” It’s notification that if you have “incumbent” under your name on the next ballot, The American People are going to toss your sorry butts out. We will vote for anyone other than you. Anyone! Chimpanzees! Chimpanzees could do a better job at running the country than this Congress! What a thorough and complete embarrassment you are.

As for this Affordable Care Act (and could we please stop calling it “Obamacare” because that’s just silly, transparent hyperbole), it is the law, validated by the Supreme Court, and here in America, we obey our laws. That’s the difference between democracy and anarchy. Don’t like the law? Work harder to change it. But don’t take the entire country hostage.

Back off, Republicans. End this shutdown now. Respect the Constitution you so glibly give lip service to, or else take those cheesy little American flags off your lapels. You don’t love America, let alone respect it. You’ve overthrown it. You’re terrorists. And you should be treated as such. You belong in Gitmo, every last one of you.

The American People want justice. And we’ll get it. Just wait until the next election. Congress, start packing your boxes. We want you out.

— Email Debra DeAngelo at debra@wintersexpress.com; read more of her work at www.wintersexpress.com and www.ipinionsyndicate.com

Debra DeAngelo

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 05, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    "And why is this taking place? Because the Party that lost this round refuses to obey the law of the land, the Constitution and the Supreme Court? ... Those who don’t like the direction of the government or its decisions are supposed to work a little harder to convince voters to support their ideas." ........ Debra, I think you are missing the key reason why our politics have changed and thus why the far right now runs the Republican Party and why elected Democrats are far to the left of the American center: Computerized gerrymandering. ......... It used to be the case that about one-third of all Congressional districts were competitive. According to Nate Silver, since the rise of computerized (and hence highly accurate) gerrymandering--where each district is safe for one party or the other because voters are moved into districts which fit their party preferences--almost no districts are now competitive. As a result, Republicans (who represent districts where Democrats can never win) have no incentive to bow to what a Democratic president or a Democratic Senate would like, even if that is bad for the country as a whole. These representatives have only one fear: Being attacked on their right flank. So they will do whatever the Tea Partiers want. ........ But keep in mind that this logic, driven by our new gerrymandering, applies to most Democrats, too. Instead of standing up to the teachers' unions, who demand more pay, fewer days of instruction and insist teachers can never be terminated for poor performance, or standing up to firefighters who demand $120,000 annual pensions and age 50 retirements and medical plans for life which bank presidents never get, the Democrats who are gerrymandered into office (with the financial support of the corrupting unions) have, likewise, no reason to fear a Republican challenger in November. Those Democrats fear only being beaten in a primary by another Democrat who is willing to bankrupt our nation by giving in to all union demands. ......... This problem of the extremists ruling is, in fact, true now of both parties. The only difference in Congress is that it is clear that the right-wing Republicans are causing our nation harm in the present stand-off. But if we had a Republican president and a Republican Senate and a Democratic House, then the left-wing Democrats would behave as irresponsibly as the right-wing Republicans now are.

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  • tbOctober 07, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    "This problem of the extremists ruling is, in fact, true now of both parties." Not quite. The GOP is being steered by essentially the new and improved John Birch Society. If the democrats were rigidly following the agenda of Code Pink, say, then you might be in the ballpark. "But if we had a Republican president and a Republican Senate and a Democratic House, then the left-wing Democrats would behave as irresponsibly as the right-wing Republicans now are." Not too long ago (2007) we had a dem Congress elected and of course a republican president. They passed budgets and raised the debt ceiling without requiring Bush rescind his tax cuts or sign gun control legislation etc. or the economy gets it. No comparison with the current crop of gop zealots.

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  • Fred HarveyOctober 05, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    OUTSTANDING STATEMENT. To bad that the Tea Party members are illiterate and cannot benefit from the wisdom contained in the article.

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  • Jim LeonardOctober 06, 2013 - 8:01 am

    Check out the Trans Pacific Partnership online for another, bigger, way the the "government" is being overthrown.

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  • JoeOctober 06, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Why shouldn't we call it Obamacare when Obama himself calls it that?

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  • ScottOctober 07, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    Joe, I have yet to hear him call it that and I'm always listening closely when he discusses this topic. Can you refer me to the interview or video that you witnessed so i can see for myself?

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 07, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    Scott, Google "abc news politics video president obama call obamacare". ........ My take is that conservatives believe (or hope) the Affordable Care Act will not last very long, and thus, if it is "Obamacare," it can go away when Obama leaves office. By contrast, liberals believe (or hope) the ACA will live on for generations, and thus, they prefer to call it the Affordable Care Act, giving it a life after Barack Obama terms out in 2017. In between is President Obama himself. He is fine with having the ACA called Obamacare, because that is the signature law of his presidency, and if it has his name on it, he will forever receive the credit (he hopes it will bring him).

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  • Noreen MazelisOctober 07, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Apparently Deborah is unfamiliar with the concept of "checks and balances".

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  • DavOctober 08, 2013 - 5:04 am

    The tea party definition of checks and balances is "smash, grab, loot, and burn."

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