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Republican Senator: GOP Will “Fold Like Hotcakes” if Government is Shutdown Over Obamacare

tom-coburnYou know it’s a sad day for the Republican party when fellow Republicans, who on many issues are very right-wing, are calling out other Republicans for being too radical.  But that’s essentially what Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn did when he said that the GOP will “fold like hotcakes” following a government shutdown.

Speaking with reporters, Coburn said, “The only time you shut down the government is when you shut it down and refuse to open it until you accomplish what you want.  But we’ll fold like hotcakes.  You do not take a hostage you are not going to for sure shoot.  And we will not for sure shoot this hostage.”

First of all, he basically admits that the GOP is trying to cowardly take Obamacare (and as a result, our nation) hostage.  As I said last week, we’ve watched the Republican party transform from an actual political party to nothing more than domestic terrorists.

Secondly, he’s absolutely right.  It’s something I’ve said countless times over the last few weeks.  Unless Republicans are willing to go 3+ years without our government being funded (the time Obama has left in office) or even a full year (next year’s elections), then this whole spectacle is just that—a spectacle.

The backlash that will ignite following a government shutdown will be aimed directly at Republicans, and eventually they’ll do exactly as Senator Coburn said—-”fold like hotcakes.”

It’s just stunning how there are millions of Americans who simply don’t get this.  It’s even more terrifying that there are actually elected officials who are willing to play partisan politics with the lives of millions of Americans just so they can claim on their next campaign commercial, “I shutdown the government because I oppose Obamacare that much.”

And that’s really what all of this equates to.  It’s a group of right-wing radical tea party-backed Republicans pandering to the neanderthals within their party.  The people who are so grossly misinformed about even the simplest of facts that you can’t even call them competent human beings.

Because at the end of the day, Senator Coburn knows the truth—Republicans can’t win this.  They’re not going to shutdown the government for weeks and months on end and President Obama is in no way going to sign off on a bill which defunds his landmark health care law.

The keyword in that last sentence is “law.”  This isn’t a bill up for debate—the debate is over.  The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.  Republicans are simply using these desperate tactics as a means of last resort to try to delay the inevitable.

Because once again, like Senator Coburn said, when all is said and done the GOP will “fold like hotcakes,” Obamacare will be funded and it will continue to be the law of the land.

And at the end of the day, these tea party-backed Republicans will have ended up accomplishing nothing — except putting the lives of millions of Americans at risk to simply pander to their far right-wing primary voters for their next campaign ad.

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.

  • Patch

    No what’s sad is Cruz and others are becoming martyrs to their cause. Millions of people don’t like Obama and think what they are doing is a valiant effort to stop Obamacare. Cruz and others are simply going to say “look how far we’re willing to go for you to stop this for YOU”. Many Americans are buying into it too. They know there’s no way to possibly stop funding Obamacare this time around but think that by trying they will pickup support in 2014 not lose it because premium costs are going up in many states. What people don’t seem to realize is yes they are up but if you don’t use your services companies are going to pay you back %80 of your cost. But that wont be seen until 2015 as rebates and refunds are given out AFTER the 2014 elections. Only 2014 will tell if they were right or not about picking up votes.

    Whatever you do don’t think 2014 is in the bag because that usually means lower turn outs and republicans are loyal and get themselves out to vote more than democrats do. If everyone turns out democrats tend to win if few show up republicans invariably do. So the only way to win in 2014 (mid term elections have much lower turnouts) is for people to actually show up and VOTE not just complain about things and think no one will put up with this so I don’t have to vote or you WILL LOSE.

  • Jo-Ann Lumley

    The Republican Party would be delighted to see the American economy in shambles when President Obama leaves office. Then they can say “I told you so” and they do NOT care who they hurt to accomplish this. Every thing
    else is a smoke screen or a means to that end.

  • Jeff

    You progressives really have no clue. Have you looked at the state of the economy after five years of liberal policies debacles. Obamacare will be the nail in the coffin. Socialism is great until you run out of other peoples money.

  • http://adams4nchouse.com/ Jeremy D. Adams

    That is still only “color of law” not a law.

    A law has to have its justly derived powers and this does not.

    Follow the line of authority:
    The only entities with rights are individuals. Not groups, not states, not
    governments. They have no rights. The only entity with rights is an
    individual.

    These are called natural rights by one John Locke and many others.

    The individual, however, can give privilege to a government to help protect
    those rights and use the collective power of other interested parties
    to fend off those that would oppress them and take their rights away.

    The government however, cannot do anything beyond the rights of the
    individual. Whatever an individual can do morally, then the government
    may be given privilege to do (but it has to be given permission). The
    permission is in the form of a contract.

    The Constitution is the contract for the Federal Government. It was signed
    by representatives from the people of the states. (Not actually by the
    States themselves, although there is some shenanigans about corporations
    not being able to contract with live people but that is distracting and
    totally esoteric.)

    So the Constitution is actually not a contract that binds the people, but
    binds the Federal Government to what privileges the people have given
    it. It has very specific enumerated powers that are justly derived. But
    if it ever does anything that is outside of those specific enumerated
    powers, then it no longer has the authority given to it by those with
    the authority and it just a tool of tyranny.

    You cannot morally force your neighbor to buy a crab apple pie you made out of mud and I cannot force you to buy my health insurance. The
    government cannot either.

    The ACA is unconstitutional as it disregards the justly derived powers and
    is very much outside of its specific enumerated powers.

    The Supreme Court cannot declare itself the interpreter of
    Constitutionality either under judicial review and did so in error in
    1803 (the Founders talked about this and still did not include it in
    the Constitution on purpose, and while there are implied rights
    maintained by the people, there are no implied powers unspecified). It
    merely can correct the federal government, it cannot amend the
    Constitution by majority vote from 9 unelected person. Only 3/4ths of
    the states can approve an amendment.

    Furthermore, anything added to the Constitution that violates the source of the authority (individual rights) is null and void immediately whether it is
    approved by both house, the president and the supreme court or not.

  • hoser4

    Now that the Republican Party has assumed Best Death Panel status I MUST get health insurance. That is the (R) mandate.

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