Thanks to Bruce Atchison for inspiring the title. I don’t write about politics often, but after three weeks of listening to news about the government shutdown, I’ve come to a startling conclusion. Since today is National Poetry Day, I was planning to post something about that, but I need to get this off my chest instead.
Republicans are terrorists in their own way. They’re not likely to stage a massacre at a shopping mall, bomb a sporting event, or hijack a plane and crash it into The World Trade Center, but for the past three weeks, they’ve been holding our government hostage in an attempt to abolish Obamacare. Did the Democrats intentionally cause a government shutdown in order to repeal No Child Left Behind? No, they accepted the fact that the legislation was passed and went on with their lives. That’s what good politicians and sportsmen should do. Accept defeat and go on.
I’m not saying Obamacare is good, and I don’t like No Child Left Behind, either. However, the Republicans threw a nasty curve ball when the house of representatives passed legislation to avoid a government shutdown that would abolish Obamacare, knowing full well the senate wouldn’t pass it and President Obama would veto it. As a result, many government workers are without pay, and some have families to support and no other source of income.
Fortunately, I’m not one of those, but I’m concerned that a continued government shutdown and default might effect social security disability and other benefits, but do the Republicans care? No, they won’t tell you this, but their party’s main concern is for the rich, and Obamacare definitely won’t help them. They’re pulling out all the stops, and President Obama may be forced to give in to save this country. Although they’re not violent, Republicans can be just as ruthless as Osama Bin Ladden.
Here’s the irony. A Republican President declared war on terrorism after 9/11. During next year’s election when you go to the polls, ask yourself this question. Do I want democracy or terrorism? The answer should be obvious.