I woke up yesterday morning disappointed, but not surprised that the House of Representatives failed to pass an appropriations bill that keeps our government running and retains the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The House of Representatives is showing us just how toxic, damaging, reckless, paralyzing, dangerous, and villainous an emotion HATE can be.
Hate (verb): to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.
I will try not to repeat the commentary that is all over TV news, the blogosphere and internet, but there are some things that bear repeating.
First, the Affordable Care Act will save money and reduce health care costs. Check out this video from nurses explaining how the Affordable Care Act works.
Second, the majority of Americans think that the Affordable Care Act is a good thing and will reduce health care costs. So who is this majority the Tea Party Republicans keep saying they represent? But sadly too many Americans don’t understand the details of the Affordable Care Act and don’t know that the so-called Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act. The video from the Jimmy Kimmel show demonstrates the sad fact the American public—despite all of our access to news—is largely uninformed or worse, misinformed about issues that deeply impact them personally and our society as a whole.
Third, as Americans we should be ashamed of how the government shutdown is playing across the globe. Our democracy—the one we go to war to bring to other lesser developed societies—is showing all of its flaws in the worst ways. How on earth can we say to any dictator that he should take better care of his country’s citizens when our own Congress is sticking it to the poor, the middle class—the 99%–for the benefit of a select few? Look what was reported in the British press today as shared by Think Progress:
“But perhaps the harshest coverage came from the stolid BBC. In a piece titled “US shutdown has other nations confused and concerned,” Anthony Zurcher wrote, “For most of the world, a government shutdown is very bad news – the result of revolution, invasion or disaster. Even in the middle of its ongoing civil war, the Syrian government has continued to pay its bills and workers’ wages. That leaders of one of the most powerful nations on earth willingly provoked a crisis that suspends public services and decreases economic growth is astonishing to many…Now, as the latest shutdown crisis plays out, policymakers in other nations are left to ponder the worldwide impact of the impasse.”
I believe in my heart of hearts that the actions of the Tea Party controlled House of Representatives is fueled by their utter hatred of President Obama. Since they have been in power, they have done nothing but try to bring about his ruin. When Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, one of their leaders, went on record to say that, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” I shook my head in disgust.
But even I underestimated just how deep their hatred is for President Obama and the lengths they would go to bring about his defeat. Make no mistake hate is the emotion that brought us such horrible actions against humanity—think the Holocaust and Hitler or in our own country racism and the atrocities still being heaped upon people of color here in the United States.
I know some of you might read this and think, here she goes, playing the race card. Well, I believe that race is at the crux of the Tea Party hatred of President Obama. He is African-American, yet they have questioned his birthright from the beginning. They applauded the disrespect shown to him by one of their own when he called the President a liar during one of his state of the union speeches. They have rebuffed his invitations to talk and try to negotiate and compromise. They have wasted precious resources by voting against the Affordable Care Act a record 40 times. According to Think Progress:
The House Republicans’ approach to Obamacare continues to typify the current “golden age” of dysfunction in Washington. Since gaining control of the House in 2011, Speaker John Boehner has presided over 40 separate votes that would do everything from fully repealing the law, to prohibiting the IRS from funding it, to delaying pieces of it. The New York Times recently estimated that the House has spent an astonishing 15 percent of all of its time on the floor focused on repeal — a span that amounts to over $17 million of Republican members’ salaries since 2011, based on numbers from the Congressional Research Service.
Yesterday’s government shut down is not all that different from their ongoing ‘work ethic.’ Did you know that the Tea Party led Congress has produced the most UNPRODUCTIVE session of Congress in history?!
What is so amazing to me is that they all still have jobs! If any of us performed this badly or behaved with such hatred toward the leader of our company/organization, we would be FIRED and maybe even brought up on charges—defamation of character, insubordination, or harassment. WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AND MAKE THIS CONGRESS represent us well.
I am sick and tired of the Congressional gridlock that has our nation paralyzed. The hatred and racism that seems to be guiding this foolishness simply must STOP. We the people can begin to take action by contacting our member of Congress and let them know what we expect. Get your butts to work and hammer out a compromise that is BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
Cutting health care costs is BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. If the Tea Party folks don’t like the Affordable Care Act, why haven’t they produced something better?
Ensuring a safety net of benefits for the poor like Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance is BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
Increasing taxes at least to pre-Bush levels, when our government operated with a budget surplus, is BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
If your member of Congress is part of the crew acting a fool in DC, let them know there will be consequences and repercussions for their actions in the next election. Take action NOW.
- Register to Vote
- Contact your members of Congress—Representatives and Senators. Bookmark their websites and visit them often. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and see what they’re saying about the issues important to you.
- Make yourself known to them by sending emails when you disagree with something they are doing. Call them when they do something right to let them know you support them. And most importantly, if they are not acting in your best interest—exercise your right to VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!
I believe that our country is at a critical juncture. Either WE THE PEOPLE stand up and say ENOUGH already to this Tea Party led, do nothing House of Representatives, or we suffer the consequences of their hatred for President Obama. The government shutdown is one of the many atrocities and acts of terror (yes I said terror) that these folks are heaping upon WE THE PEOPLE. The time is now to take back our country and make our democracy work for ALL AMERICANS.
Let’s dismantle the House (of Republicans) that Hate Built!