All right, I admit defeat. I can’t tune out those crazy Republican Congressmen who actually believe that they are acting righteously in preferring to shut down the U.S. Government rather than guarantee all Americans the right to affordable health care.
I need to let off a little steam, so bear with me.
First of all, WHO ELECTED THOSE CREEPS????
It is beyond depressing that we have such an apathetic, distracted, numbed electorate, of whom barely 50% generally even bother to show up to the polls.
Of the half who do show up, obviously they are the easily manipulated types, because these Tea Partiers have managed to convince them to vote against their own interests time and time again.
It’s no secret that the Tea Partiers have been most successful in the so-called Red States, where the egregious gap between rich and poor (ie, the gap between the 1% of extreme wealth and the 99% of everyone else, way down at the bottom of the mountain) is huge.
Why would people vote against their own best prospect of getting affordable health care?
Why would people vote against the political party that, while far from perfect, has at least shown a measure of human decency and responsibility in its approach to governing?
It’s only fathomable if you remember how, in Tea Party country, education and the media are entirely controlled by these same craven elites, who will stop at nothing to seize power and control of the country.
In these parts of the country, people live in ideological bunkers, where party-controlled propaganda is the only message they get. Red China anyone? 1984?
With the advent of the World Wide Web, in America at least, it’s hard to maintain a complete lockdown on information. But as we all know, we tend to surf to places on the Web that are familiar and tell us what we want to hear.
So I get my news from The New York Times, while in Tea Party country the average citizen is more likely to check out Fox News. The same story looks entirely different as reported by these different media—check it out and see for yourself. Spin rules.
This is the only way I can explain the fact that these Tea Party maniacs were elected to Congress in the first place.
I can only hope—yes, I still do have hope—that in the next round of elections, they will be sent back to their Neanderthal caves where they belong.
Then the rest of us adults can get on with the much more important business of the day.
Affordable health care—yes, of course! We should have had it long ago, back when Hilary Clinton tried to get it going in the mid-1990s. She was stymied by lack of authority as merely the First Lady, seen as overstepping her bounds (get thee back to the parlor, Mrs. Clinton!).
Now President Obama is getting blowback for daring to challenge the status quo and lobby openly for the rights of the poor and for all Americans who have gotten screwed by the medical industrial complex over and over again.
It’s the same old same old, which is why I have resisted taking up the Tea Party gauntlet this time. Why should I waste my time and energy with their nonsense?
And yet, as the government shutdown looms, and behind it the mythical debt ceiling crisis, I just have to add my voice to the chorus of BOOS and throw some metaphorical rotten eggs at those stinking Tea Partiers who want to deprive ordinary Americans of the right to a functional government, along with the right to affordable health care and an economic system that at least attempts to lift all boats.
I thank the President and the Democrats for holding the line on this one. “We don’t negotiate with terrorists,” right? Let’s let those terrorist Republicans dig their own fox holes and stew in their own SH*T. I’d like to see John Boehner coming out when it’s all over like Saddaam did, dazed, dirty and totally deposed.