One thing this government shutdown has clearly proven is that Republicans have simply lost their minds. Looking at the “logic” many of these people are using, I often feel like they simply don’t understand the English language—or reality for that matter.
I’m simply fed up with these right-wing antics, holding our government hostage for their own partisan agendas. And it’s not just me — a large majority of Americans don’t agree with their decision to shut down the government over “Obamacare.” The fact of the matter is the American people had their chance to “reject Obamacare,” as Republicans claim they’re doing, last November. Instead they overwhelmingly re-elected President Obama and gave more power to Democrats in both the House and the Senate.
It appears President Obama has had more than enough of this right-wing insanity as well. He called much of it out in a speech yesterday morning at a construction company in Maryland, dishing the facts and destroying the ridiculous Republican talking points we’ve been subjected to these last few days. He also pointed specifically to a couple of the more asinine comments that have been made by some of those who are behind this government shutdown.
Here’s the whole speech, via PBS NewsHour:
He reiterated the fact that the government shutdown could end almost immediately, except House Speaker Boehner refuses to let the Senate’s resolution come up for a vote:
“The only thing that is keeping the government shut down; the only thing preventing people from going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and small business owners getting their loans; the only thing preventing that from happening is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote, because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party. That’s all. That’s what this whole thing is about.”
He talked about the games Republicans seem to be playing with this shutdown, and how many of them have wanted this shutdown all along:
“Just the other day, one tea party Republican called the idea of a shutdown “wonderful.” Another said that a shutdown is “exactly what we wanted.” Well they got exactly what they wanted, now they’re trying to figure out how to get out of it. Just yesterday one House Republican said, “We’re not gonna be disrespected, we have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” That was a quote!”
And he spoke about how Republicans have completely failed at doing their job, yet still seem to think they deserve to “get” something extra in return for completing routine tasks:
“If you’re being disrespected it’s because of that attitude you’ve got, that you deserve to get something for doing your job. Everybody here just does their job, right? If you’re working here and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said ‘you know what, I wanna get something, but I don’t know exactly what I’m gonna get — but I’m just gonna stop working till I get something, I’m gonna shut down the whole place until I get something.’ You’d get fired! Right?! Because the deal is you’ve already gotten hired, you’ve got a job, you’re getting a paycheck, and so you also are getting the pride of doing a good job and contributing to a business and looking out for your fellow workers, that’s what you’re getting. It shouldn’t be any different for a member of Congress.”
And he’s absolutely right about everything he said.
Many Republicans are cheering this shutdown despite the fact that it’s shut down national parks, monuments and has left hundreds of thousands of Americans either sent home or working without pay. Michele Bachmann has even said she hasn’t seen the GOP this happy in a long time.
The fact remains that if Boehner let the Senate resolution go to a vote, it would easily pass and the government would reopen. Oh, and “Obamacare” would be funded—which is, of course, why he won’t let it come up for a vote. And the only reason he’s not allowing it be voted on is because doing so would anger the radical base of House Republicans, which might cost him his job as Speaker of the House.
Glad to know Boehner is putting the American people ahead of his petty desire to remain Speaker.
So not only are Republicans shutting down the government, they’re obstructing a vote that would reopen the government.
Then I absolutely love the quote Obama stated verbatim from Republican Representative Marlin Stutzman, who said Republicans won’t be “disrespected” and they’re going to get something out of this—he just has no idea what that even is.
Come again? What the hell is wrong with these people?
I guess this is what happens when millions of Americans elect individuals who run for government office—while opposing the very same government they seek to be a part of.
I honestly don’t even feel as if I’m living in the same reality as these people, and the saddest part is many Republicans are cheering this asinine behavior. I really feel as if using English to communicate with today’s Republican party is just as pointless as using English to communicate with someone who only speaks Chinese. It simply doesn’t do me any good.
The language these people seem to use is literally “crazy.” It sounds very much like English—it just doesn’t make any damn sense.
But I was glad to see the President Obama I like “the most” show up today. The direct, “take-no-crap-from-these-right-wing-radicals” President Obama. I just wish he would show up more often. I understand he wants to try to be a “uniter,” but he needs to understand it’s never going to happen. I’d imagine most liberals would probably agree, we’d much rather see this President Obama. The one who isn’t afraid to directly call out ridiculous right-wing behavior.