Monday, October 7, 2013


Ruthless recalcitrant Republicans bring our federal government to a halt.

What is their endgame? They have none.





(Monday October 7, 2013 Washington, DC) Oh how our Republican politicians in Congress, Governor’s mansions, state legislations and town halls, love to boast and brag about “American Exceptionalism”.  They pound their chests, rattle their sabers and demand respect from the rest of the world, a world they seem to largely look down on with derision and disgust.  All those huddled masses of black and brown people, Muslims, Hindus, Africans, Asians, Mexicans; Godless pagans all;  just looking for a hand out, a leg up, a chance to poke the old US of A in the eye.   What a miserable lot our rock ribbed, red state Republicans are forced to share our Country and world with.  They can barely tolerate the existence of the United Nations, NATO, international laws, conventions, treaties and tariffs to say nothing about voters’ rights and equality right here on our own front porches.  Yes indeed, why must these patriots even have to acknowledge the mindless flocks of leftists, communists, socialists, fascists, tree hugging, navel gazing, and bleeding heart liberals? No wonder they are so determined to slash and burn their way towards obstructing every legislative measure they deem unconstitutional.  They toss such terms around with little to no understanding of what they’re saying and they certainly count on the American public to be equally lacking in understanding.

America has been exceptional since she declared independence from the yoke of the United Kingdom in 1776.  In so many ways this on-going experiment in a constitutional Republic, a sovereign self-governing Democracy, has stood the test of time through both good times and bad.  The values and rights that have made us exceptional made us the envy of the world and a destination for so many seeking better lives, lives free of oppression and struggle.

But now the world is puzzled by America; they do not understand how a nation as great and powerful as ours is can be driven to a partisan political impasse that has essentially shutdown our federal government.  Yes, some of the parliamentary intricacies and procedural nuances are not even fully understood by the majority of Americans (but that is a discussion for another time) much less people in other countries.  What the world has come to admire and respect about America are all the fundamental morals and virtues laid down by our Founders in The Bill of Rights and Constitution and how they have served us well for over two centuries.  However it would be ignorant, even arrogant, to deny that America’s reputation has suffered in the eyes of the world over the last 12 years.  Sure, the self-righteous Republicans don’t care how the wider world, other countries be them friend or foe, look at us.  Who cares, they exclaim, what all those unwashed louts think about us? We emerged victorious and prosperous as the lone “super power” once the Cold War died off.  We have been a global force for good and always beneficent as victors in every war we fought.  Until recently, that is.

And here is where we begin to glimpse the jagged edge of a growing dilemma.  We have seen our credibility and moral certitude rigorously tested after our righteous military campaign drove the Taliban and Al Qeada from Afghanistan in December 2001.  The world observed as a unilateral American approach as dictated by the Cheney / Bush Administration was cast on the fly without a breath of reason or pause for appraisal.  The world was shaken when that Administration launched a completely pre-emptive war of choice in Iraq and had no plans for what would happen once the Hussein regime was toppled.  Even our “allies”, such as they were, eventually awoke to the stark reality that Cheney and Bush had contrived a cluster of falsehoods and lies and used deception and cherry picking of intelligence to support their bogus claims that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States.  The world’s cohesiveness and order has been terribly stressed and strained by their bastardized version of Pax Americana that came into existence in 2003.  But, as the GOP will tell you, who really cares?  We are the big dog on the global stage and you are either with us or against us. 

Now we are demonstrating to the world a side of our political personality that they may not have appreciated before.  They see our Democracy stalled by a Gordian Knot of epic proportions, a knot that it took a small number of our elected official in Congress to create.   It is becoming increasingly difficult to fly the flag of our exceptionalism while petty partisan brinkmanship domestically is already causing a ripple effect through the world’s economy.  The world looks at the stalemate in Washington DC, a Congress and President seemingly having each other locked in some odd ideological headlock whereas ideology has nothing to do with the Republican shutdown.  Even member of their own caucus become bumbling, bumbling idiots when they are pressed to explain the purpose behind the shutdown.

Since early in the 1990’s our economy, the largest in the world, has become ever more symbiotically linked to a global economy that is so interconnected that the faintest cool breeze that wafts through our Capitol and markets is felt the world over and in true accordance with chaos theory, that simple breeze may trigger a tornado somewhere around the world and the situation will escalate until there is a full blown fiscal economic breakdown of immense proportions.  The very real possibility of many countries that were only recently recovering from economic woes will find themselves, once again, facing market meltdowns and investors anarchy.  Global trade and commerce are always tenuously balanced and what the Republicans are doing to our economy and standing might result in a global fiscal crisis.  The full faith and credit of the United States of America is at stake and the GOP either is so steeped in their own blinding barrage of bullshit or they truly are as crass and shallow as they appear.  Whatever it is their maneuvering has lit the fuse on a global economic bomb that, if it is detonated, will create cracks and fissures that will devour much of our domestic economy as well as a huge portion of the world’s would slide rapidly into the abyss.

But that is not OUR problem, so say the Republicans who see themselves as divinely inspired stalwarts standing between our greatness and a chaotic messy world.  Rather than actually legislate the fundamentals of a functional government, they’d rather tie social issues, ones that have long ago been adjudicated and declared constitutional, to every piece of legislation that somehow manages to slither out of the House, a House of Representatives that is nothing more than a den of corrupted vipers. They are more focused and intent on disenfranchising voters, trying mightily to undo two national elections by making efforts to delegitimize our twice elected President, and otherwise be as obstructive and demagogic as they can be.  They “play to their base” in all matters large and small but in reality have much of their base bamboozled.  They do not actually serve the bloc of voters they embrace as their base; they prey off ignorance and fears, false threats and the phony agendas of “others”, you know, like the Blacks and Hispanics, and basically anyone who is not a White male over 32 years old.

We live in interesting times; we, as a nation and society have lumbered into an America so vastly different than it was just 30 years ago that the concepts we were taught in civics classes in the 1960’s seem archaic and moribund; without relevance to this day, this time.  That is more than a shame.  While change is inevitable, divorce from our most closely held principles is not change worthy of our history.

Our governance and politics are inexorably twinned.  This twisted state of affairs was distinctly not what our Founders envisioned when they crafted our tripartite Republic.  They wisely installed a system of checks and balances into our governing and never could have foreseen just how divisive and damaging their masterful creation could devolve into a blueprint for gridlock.  But, of course, they never could have imagined the quality of Congress members we have today.  Long gone are the statesman and compromisers; it has been many years since we’ve seen any sincerity in our Congress or any hint of bipartisan desires aimed towards a greater good.  We the people have become mere spectators, even hostages in a way, to a hideous side show of geeks and freaks protected by incumbency and bought by special interests to further the good of the influential and select.

The main battle cry for the GOP as reason de jour to shut down the government is their ridiculous desire to defund “Obamacare”, their derisive label for the Affordable Care Act which was passed by both Houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2009.  It has since weathered legal challenges all the way to the United States Supreme Court and has emerged as a constitutional law of the land.  The American public twice had the opportunity to votes against it by casting their presidential votes for Barack Obama’s opponents, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.  They did not; by virtual landslides they did not.  Their votes are the expressed will of the people and it is beyond comprehension why Republicans have chosen tactics and strategies doomed to fail.  Their war against all they see as crafted by the evil design of an un-American President is doomed to fail yet they draw on seemingly endless reserves of idiocy, craven self-interest, and a host of despicable blowhards spouting outright lies and truly doing criminal disservice to their constituents and the country as a whole.  Yes, how the world is mocking us now.

As long as this government shutdown drags on our national security will suffer and that alone is why this state of affairs is not only potentially increasing the possibilities of a terrorist event but daily eroding our stature in the eyes of those nations seeking to do us harm.  Furthermore, since so much of our economy is intimately linked to nations that do not always act in our favor, they may emerge as time goes on as having a greater amount of leverage in such vital relationships like trade, commerce and fiscal policy.  A quick scan of headlines from around the world clearly demonstrates that to friend and foe alike this current state of shutdown leaves us vulnerable and easy prey to the economic whims and commercial intentions of some of our biggest trading partners such as China.  Since so much of our national debt is held by countries like China and Saudi Arabia there may come a time when they begin to flex their economic muscles to bend trade and international monetary policy in their favor.  These are not merely remote threats, they are very real possibilities.  The world will not sit idly by while the larges economic engine on the planet is literally in the grasp of a handful of Republican megalomaniacs, extremists, hate-mongers, and delusional pirates holding our ship of state under a black flag. AS more and more services are cut and federal employees in the FBI, CIA, NSA and all other agencies are furloughed home to wait out this malignant charade, terrorist, know to exploit even the slightest crack in security will have greater opportunities to slip through the slimmest of creases and deliver their brand of retribution to us. 

As disgraceful as it is to realize the eyes of the world are looking down on our dysfunctional government and lack of unity, direction and purpose, it is even more sobering to know who else is out there smelling the faintest whiff of weakness.  The Republicans are doing the work of terrorist from inside the system; their irresponsible shutdown increases the threat level  a bit more with each passing day. 

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