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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 9/29/13

Time to "Shut Down" the Craven, Irresponsible Republican Agents of Destruction

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The Republicans want to shut down the government -- again. They want to destroy The Affordable Care Act -- again. Has there ever been a political party in the history of America that has done so much damage to this government, the nation and its people? Enough is enough, it's time for the American people to shut this political party down and end its reign of obstruction and destruction.


This is a pitiful excuse for a political party; one that is coming unglued, in a state of chaos and deep divisions, unable to keep the various radical elements within it from undermining each other. Its maniacal plan to shut down the government unless President Obama and the Democrats agree to defund ObamaCare is the work of a corrupted political party that has lost all sense of reason and rationality.


Deep thinkers and problem solvers they are not; masters of obstruction and agents of destruction is what they are. They aren't in Congress to serve and govern, they are there to try to dominate and control. What has always struck me is their very apparent disdain for others that they consider to be below their status. Empathy and feelings for the needs and interests of their fellow Americans is not high on their list of priorities but the care and protection of their Corporate Masters is paramount.


And then we have the Tea Party, the most radical element of the radical Republican Party. Its leaders, Cantor in the House and Cruz in the Senate are fueling the engines of government shutdown. The warped ideology of this extremist movement within the GOP has nothing to do with positive, constructive ideas but, rather, concentrates on tearing things apart. The entry of this poisonous element into the Republican Party will serve to escalate its approaching demise.


And so the leadership of the GOP is hard at work its latest tactic involving obstructionism, the shutdown. We'll see in the next few days if this band of rogue politicians will follow through on its threats to take this nation to the brink of collapse by blocking legislation that must be put into effect by Sept. 30th in order to keep this government's agencies in operation. Using the threat of the destruction of the Affordable Care Act, the ACA, as the only way to prevent a government shutdown represents the height of arrogance and irresponsibility.


How this latest crisis will play out is not easy to predict, but here is what I think will come to pass and then what will follow:


The Republicans will play a game of chicken with the president and the Democrats. They will continue to try to ram through their demands and will take this situation right down to the deadline of midnight, Monday, September 30. And then they will have to make a choice; whether to follow through with shutting down the government or to back off and relent at the last minute.


But no matter which choice they make it is almost certain that they will suffer the consequences of their reckless actions and experience the anger and outrage of the American people who are sick and tired of these demented politicians and the stupid games they play. In the end they will have accomplished nothing more than to convince millions more Americans that they are totally incapable of representing the people of this nation in any way.


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