Over a week into the government shutdown, patience has grown thin with many Americans. As millions of American lives face uncertainty with the antics going on in Congress, leading Congressional Republicans made a startling revelation into why they believe they’re in the right as it relates to the government shutdown.
It seems they don’t recall President Obama ever being re-elected. In fact, many of them seem unable to recall that there was even a presidential election held on November 6, 2012.
When Speaker of the House John Boehner was asked why he feels Republicans have the right to hold our government hostage even after President Obama overwhelmingly won re-election, he seemed confused, asking, “Who was re-elected? I don’t recall that happening. ”Obamacare” is bad, the American people have spoken.”
Following his statement, another reporter responded by asking, “If the American people have spoken, wouldn’t that mean they support “Obamacare?” You know, considering that on November 6, 2012, President Obama was re-elected and Democrats were given more seats in the House and Senate.”
Boehner replied, “What happened on November 6, 2012? Was there something going on that night I wasn’t made aware of?”
Looking confused and flabbergasted, reporters then turned to Texas Senator Ted Cruz to see what he had to say. Considering he was elected to the Senate for the first time that night, he surely had to be aware that the 2012 elections happened and President Obama was overwhelmingly re-elected.
One reporter asked Cruz, “How have the American people spoken out against “Obamacare” if they re-elected President Obama, while also giving more seats back to Democrats in both the House and Senate?”
Cruz, with a puzzled but cocky look on his face walked to the podium and addressed the question, saying, “On November 6, 2012 the American people spoke clearly when they elected me the next senator from Texas. The rest of this liberal propaganda about some “overwhelming” victory for President Obama seems like something the communists want you to believe. The American people have rejected President Obama and his radical “Obamacare” as made evident by the fact that the government is shut down and I am a United States Senator.”
Somebody else stood and said, “Boehner not letting the House vote on the Senate’s resolution is why the government’s shut down, not because the people have rejected anything.”
Boehner responded by saying, “There aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s resolution.” The person then asked Boehner to prove it, to which Boehner replied, “No.”
Rand Paul was also in attendance, and stood to say, “I’m confused as to what you people mean when you say President Obama was overwhelmingly re-elected. When did this happen?”
Looking totally confused, most reporters simply stayed silent. That is until someone from Fox News decided to ask a question directed at both Cruz and Paul: ”So, last November when absolutely nothing happened except for you two fine gentlemen becoming senators by some magical process that didn’t include any sort of national elections, what do you think the American people were saying?”
Cruz quickly replied, “That they were rejecting Obamacare.” Paul agreed by saying, “Yes, it was a unanimous rejection of Obamacare.”
One reporter rose in anger, shouting, “Then why did the American people re-elect President Obama and give more power back to the Democrats in Congress?!”
Cruz looked on for a moment in silence, glanced over to Paul and Boehner and finally said, “We really have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Now, did this press conference actually happen? Of course not. But I believe it’s a fairly accurate mocking of the delusion that’s currently going on in the minds of many Republicans.
Last November President Obama, running with the promise of fully implementing “Obamacare,” was overwhelmingly re-elected president. Not only that, Democrats gained seats in both the House and the Senate. Yet despite these facts, Republicans seem to feel that they were given some kind of mandate to shut down our government in a feeble attempt to stop the Affordable Care Act.
It’s as if they either don’t care about our elections or are simply in denial that they ever happened. It’s as if these clowns don’t understand that if the American people were really rejecting “Obamacare,” Mitt Romney would be president—not Barack Obama.
And whether or not Republicans want to act like it, elections do matter. While there is no doubt that millions of Americans oppose “Obamacare” (mostly due to the blatant lies that have been continually told by Republicans), they had their chance to elect Mitt Romney and failed to do so.
Instead, through our voting process given to us by our Constitution, President Obama was re-elected.
It just seems Republicans either don’t care or seem to want to pretend that the presidential election held on November 6, 2012 never happened. But it did, and that night the American people spoke loud and clear when they re-elected President Obama and gave more seats in Congress to the Democratic party.
And that’s the funny thing about reality — just because Republicans want to pretend that neither of those events ever happened, doesn’t mean that they didn’t.