While addressing the antics of House Republicans that have forced our government to shut down, Senator Warren said what many liberals have been saying all along:
“The threats may continue, but they are not working. And they will never work. Because this is a democracy. And in a democracy, hostage tactics are the last resort for those who can’t otherwise win their fights through elections, can’t win their fights in Congress, can’t win their fights for the presidency, and can’t win their fights in Courts. For this right-wing minority, hostage-taking is all they have left. A last gasp of those who cannot cope with the realities of our democracy.”
I don’t think I’ve heard anyone else say it better, and she’s absolutely right.
This shutdown is a result of the fact that Republicans have lost when it comes to “Obamacare,” and they simply can’t handle that.
They lost in 2008 when President Obama was first elected. They lost in 2010 when the bill was made law. They lost in mid-2012 when the Supreme Court upheld that the law was Constitutional. They lost last November when President Obama was overwhelmingly re-elected and Democrats were given more seats in the House and Senate.
The fact of the matter is they’ve lost, and now they’re throwing a tempter tantrum like a petulant child. They’re trying to blackmail the president by holding the government (and the American people) hostage. Now they’ve shutdown the government simply because they didn’t get their way.
It’s honestly the most pathetic display I’ve seen from a major political party in my lifetime. They lost the presidency and they lost in the Supreme Court, so now they feel they have no other choice but to take our government and the American people hostage. Because, you know, that makes far more sense than working toward actual compromise or doing their jobs.
And I will keep repeating this anytime the subject comes up because it simply can’t be said enough—”Obamacare” is the law of the land. It isn’t some piece of legislation Democrats and President Obama are trying to force through Congress, it’s the law—period.
What Republicans are doing is basically going “nuclear” because they’ve run out of options. The only “plan” they have left at this point is to hold our government (and in a few days, our debt ceiling) hostage to try to force the defunding or delay of the health care law.
Which is not going to happen under any circumstance. It’s amazing how “patriotic” Republicans often claim to be, yet now many of them are embracing this idea that the attempted extortion of our government is a viable means with which to govern.
And that’s exactly what Senator Warren targeted with her comments. A defeated (and delusional) Republican party that’s lost elections and lost court battles, grasping at straws because they’ve simply lost the fight.
It’s a pathetic display, and one Senator Warren called out perfectly.