So, now that the government is shut down, the Tea Party Republicans want us to believe that it’s the intransigence of the Democrats that’s caused all the problems. This, after eighty Republicans signed a letter outlining a strategy to refuse to fund the government if they didn’t get their demands. This is the new reality of government. If one house of one branch of government decides they want something done, they’ll shut down the government until they get what they want.
Let’s suppose that the Tea Party Republicans get their way and Obama care is postponed for a year. Do you think that will be the end of it? If Obama gives in to this kind of extortion, you can be sure that the Tea Party will use it’s new found super-weapon to turn the Constitution on it’s head. We’ll be in a country run by 80 conservatives who care more about personal power than doing their job. We’ll be a giant step closer to a dictatorship.
Once you have a sure-fire way to force the other party to submit, why should you stop at anything? Why not rewrite all the campaign laws to favor your party? Why not allow international funding of our campaigns. Why not force a rewrite of the Constitution?
Our democracy has endured because of the checks and balances, not in spite of them. When a law is passed, that’s it. It’s not the job of Congress to defund the law, it’s their job to fund it. If they don’t like the law, they can try to repeal it, which requires both houses of Congress and the signature of the President.
What we’re seeing isn’t just a dispute of Obama care, it’s a naked grab for power. If it succeeds, out Democracy will never be the same. If you want to destroy American power, this is exactly how you do it.