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Elizabeth Warren: “Hostage tactics are the last resort for those who can’t otherwise win their fights”

warren-elizabethElizabeth Warren might just be my favorite United States Senator.  She’s not been one to mince words on key issues, and when it comes to this ridiculous government shutdown, she pulled no punches.

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.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • cyber_rigger

    Small businesses are being held hostage. They don’t want obamacare.

    Elizabeth Warren ought to know this.

  • Kojo

    I hope Democrats REMEMBER these petty tactics the GOP uses IF they ever lose to them in an election again. Of course, the Dems will never hold America hostage just to win political points with their extremist base. But they should be a lot tougher when it comes to pushing for their principles in the future.

    • J.t. Alwin

      With how this is working out for the GOP, the Dems probably won’t have to worry about losing an election for a long, long time.

  • fred schwartz

    why havent the names of the congressmen who signed for the shutdown of the government been publicised??? and why hasnt there been a recall started??

  • Anna Rather

    I couldn’t agree more with Elizabeth Warren!