Two Points on the Upcoming Government Shutdown

There’s two points that need to be made about the upcoming GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, which has been ENTIRELY ENGINEERED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

First, this is not how democracy works:

In 2012, Republicans lost the Presidential Election.  In addition, the failed to pick up enough seats to win control of the Senate.  Even more appalling is the fact that though they maintain control of the House through gerrymandering (read: cheating—though both parties do it), more votes were cast for Democratic Representatives than Republicans.  So as it stands, they don’t control the executive branch of government, and they only control half of the legislative branch, even though they probably shouldn’t.  Guess what that means?  They don’t get to control what happens.  A majority of Americans rejected the Republican agenda, including repealing Obamacare, in the last election.  Fact.

So no matter how much they hate that law, they don’t get to demand its repeal.  After all, if Americans were that pissed about it, they wouldn’t have re-elected Obama or a Democratic Senate—Obamacare passed in 2010, remember dummies?

To look at it in a different light, if Republicans feel justified, as the MINORITY party, shutting down the government every time they don’t get their way, then theoretically their power is unlimited, right?  I mean, what if they decide they don’t like Social Security or Medicare?  What if they decide, since they worship the rich and despise the poor, to lower taxes on millionaires and billionaires and increase taxes on the lower and middle class?  Well, potentially, they could throw a fit, like they’re doing now, and demand that their agenda be enacted.  Indeed, if this precedent is set, the Democrats could do the same thing when and if they find themselves in the minority.

But that isn’t how democracy works.  So if Republicans actually go through with this threat, they’re not just declaring war on Obamacare… they’re declaring that they don’t believe in democracy: the idea that we have a government of, by, and for the people.

Second, if Obamacare’s going to be such a terrible disaster, why not wait and run against it in upcoming elections?

Makes sense right?  Which is why we know, almost certainly, that Obamacare is going to work.  Oh sure, in states that are controlled by Republican Governors and Legislatures, it won’t work as well as it could, because they’re willing to trade the health of their poorest, most vulnerable citizens for what they see as a political win (I realize that sounds dramatic, but we are talking about health care, meaning that not getting it will cause at least some people to die unnecessarily—which is pretty cruel).  However, in states like California, New York, and beyond, tens of millions of Americans are going to reap the benefits of health care reform.  And it won’t be the radical, socialist, government takeover of doctor’s offices and hospitals we’ve been told by the Republicans; instead, what people will see are mostly practical, common sense, market-driven fixes for our broken insurance system.

And to what extent it doesn’t work, Republicans can say, “I told you so.”  And that’s why it is so strange that they’re willing to risk the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, not to mention denying paychecks for our soldiers, contractors, and public servants, to prevent the full implementation of Obamacare.

To be blunt, this is a two-year old tantrum, being thrown by adults.  It is without reason, logic, or purpose.  And yet, if the Republicans want to hold a gun to the head of our government, they can.  Ugh.

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