Since the 2010 midterm elections, though, the Republican
strategy has transmogrified from a particularly ruthless version of legislative
opposition into one in which incidents of reckless behavior--tactics like
hostage-taking, say, or economic or political sabotage--become more frequent
each passing month.
Sabotage is as self-evident as it is getting routine: the GOP torpedo squad only starts with Obamacare. Let's shred voting rights, scorn all efforts at affirmative action, cheer on limitless corporate campaign payola, oppose gay rights, and disfigure abortion as infanticide. Victimized mothers be damned, punished coming or going, whether the unwanted is born or not.
Democrats, Asleep at the Wheel
What more do wimpy Democrats need to leverage the GOP sabotage nearing seditious, namely, calculated betrayals that sap the strength of one's own country? Item looming: the blackmail of refusing higher debt ceilings without a noxious laundry list of demands unrelated to payables coming due.
Clearly, the right fosters a perverse, though surprisingly effective domination gambit: make politics a religious crusade that divides everything and everybody into good and evil, then treat government policy as a moralistic battleground. When will Democrats call out House buffoons who won't negotiate because that would "telegraph weakness"? And more "guerrilla war" against the people's government augurs ill:
Yet messianic Republican suicide threats in the face of an imagined debt crisis have not subsided at all. The swelling grievance within the party base may actually be giving the threats more fervor. The reign of the Republican House has not yet inflicted any deep or permanent disaster on the country, but it looks like it is just a matter of time.
How different is this from the suicide standing on the edge of the roof, gun to head, daring the world, "Go ahead, try to stop me, I will shoot myself." Except that rightwingers threaten to shoot the rescuer, then leap off the roof as the government building below explodes. If this not be sedition, then how about intellectual and moral secession? Does not war against government contradict the Congressional oath of office? That vow is to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . bear true faith and allegiance to the same . . . faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
When do "all enemies, foreign and domestic" encompass agents of disruption who won't "faithfully discharge the duties of office," nor respect the legitimacy of the legislative and executive branches? How long can the Union survive with dissension from internal guerrilla war? Either we need to replace oath-breakers, or we need a different oath of office, for now glaring contradiction rules.