In the face of the truly disgraceful shut-down of our government, we turn to our blog’s resident political commentator Ol’ Bill. Thanks Ol’ Bill for these words of wisdom…
President Obama was twice elected promising smart reforms and progressive legislation.But he has been largely sabotaged by Congressional partisans who reject constructive negotiations, compromise and the positive suggestions normally expected of the “Loyal” Opposition.
Instead, Republicans repeatably confronted the President with racist tinged character assassination and eight years of blocked legislation, culminating recently in the catastrophic collapse of vital governmental services at a cost of untold billions of public and private dollars.
Perhaps when legislative saboteurs disavow paying for legislation they already passed? Maybe when budgeted vital funding for disabled veterans, poverty stricken kids and elderly is disrupted by tax cuts for rich folk? Or even when a Democratic president adopts conservative competitive market principles to break the 75 year deadlock denying millions of citizens affordable healthcare? And most certainly when Republican zealots finally fashion a legislative bargaining chip to “shut down” the constitutional government they are sworn to preserve and protect!
Some day in the future, America’s noble 300 year experiment in representative democracy may be faced with permanent catastrophic failure due to the success of massive irrational political pettiness.The destructive precedent has already been set.
When has crippling congressional disloyalty clearly become treasonous? If not yet, when?
Oct 20, 2013
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