Be Afraid, Be Very AfraidPosted: October 3, 2013
John Boehner is allowing a small radical wing of his party to attempt to destroy the fabric of American democracy. Sooner or later most Americans will realize the true nature of what is going on in the current fight over the Affordable Care Act.
Whatever one’s view of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare may be, supporters of American democracy should be very concerned. This is not business as usual, especially as the debt ceiling limit gets closer and closer. Earlier Washington stalemates that resulted in government shutdowns in the 1980s and 90s concerned budget issues, where money should or should not be spent and which programs took priority. This is about none of that. This time around it is a radical minority of one party trying to undo the fabric of our democracy. They do not like Obamacare and obviously have very strong opinions as to why. In my view, most of those arguments are incorrect or mere assertions without a basis in fact, but okay, I’ll respect your opinion. Unfortunately, after over forty attempts to undo the legislation (without, I will add, any alternatives to provide healthcare to Americans in the greatest country in the world), they have decided that they will bypass the legislative system that we have and create their own. Simply put, if they get their way on this issue, there will be more issues that take some portion of the American way of life hostage until they get their way. Remember that they are taking our economy hostage for a six week continuing resolution. It isn’t even about an actual spending bill. Who is naive enough to think that if Congress delays Obamacare for a year that we won’t be right back where we are now in 2014? It will never end. It is time for the showdown and a restoration of the American way of democracy.
There is nothing that the Tea Party Congressmen are demanding concerning Obamacare that should be negotiated. Period. If they want to go to conference with the Senate to resolve budget issues and to negotiate a spending bill for this fiscal year, by all means, it should be done. But that’s not what they want. They continue to try to eliminate or cripple the health care act. An act, again, that has withstood every conceivable challenge in our way of government. They failed. So now we have to put up with their antics outside of the normally accepted legislative process.
John Boehner is now Speaker of the House in name only. He has seriously undermined the authority of that position by caving to the hard liners. Every account coming out of Washington from both sides of the aisle is that a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government for another six weeks would pass in about five minutes with sufficient Democrats AND Republicans voting for it . Done and done. Speaker Boehner won’t do it because he fears losing his Speakership. In truth, it is doubtful that he would be voted out, but apparently, he’s unwilling to take the risk and is afraid to do the right thing.
This is also, in my opinion, a naked attempt by the Senate and House Tea Party members to severely hobble the President. If President Obama gives in to the demands to delay or defund the health care act, he is done as president. Indeed future presidents of both parties would be weakened if this undemocratic tactic being foisted on our country succeeds. It would become a weapon for any dissatisfied minority to use that will hobble the ability of our country to operate.
We should be afraid, very afraid for the future of our country if this naked attempt by a minority to grab power from the majority succeeds.