You know, when people like me talk about how Republicans live in an alternate universe, some may think it’s a joke. Anyone who thinks it’s not true should listen to the words coming out of Republicans’ mouths these days. Take for instance the latest eye-roll-tastic comment from Speaker of the House John Boehner that he thinks his congressional bodies should be judged by “how many laws we repeal.”
What kind of inanity is this? I get it, there are some laws that are morally reprehensible — like pretty much any law that allows for discrimination for instance — but the vast majority of our laws were written to address a need at one time or another. Of course all Boehner was doing is playing to the cheap seats among his base. These are people who see the government as the enemy. They’ve completely forsaken the notion “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” and have instead embraced a distorted view of government and what purpose it can and should serve. So of course to loons like these every single law is wrong.
Or is it?
What about abortion laws, Speaker Boehner? Shouldn’t we then also repeal laws banning abortions? Or what about murder laws? Rape laws? At one point do we get to call “bullshit” on this entire sham? Oh, I know. Right now. Right now is when we get to call bullshit on this entire scam. Boehner doesn’t want to just repeal laws — though believe me Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare are most definitely on the chopping block if Republicans ever found themselves in the position to do their worst. What Boehner and his cohorts want to be doing is writing the laws of the land. Sure, they’ve taken to their roles as obstructionists with aplomb and no small amount of joy, but we all know that playing spoiler isn’t enough for them.
Meanwhile, the reality of the situation is that we desperately need bills to be written and passed. We need jobs bills. We need student loan laws that keep college students from being indentured servants for the rest of their lives while they try to pay off their debts. Our infrastructure is falling apart — bridges are collapsing, levees are breaking and our highways are a jumbled mess all over the place. We don’t need a hands-off government right now; we need a government that leads us forward. It’s one thing to repeal laws that are amoral or are truly hurting the country, but in this case the one law that Republicans have their sights set on is Obamacare, and repealing it will actually create a deficit, not shrink it.
I suppose in the end we should all be grateful to Speaker Boehner. He and his cadre of anti-populist sociopaths in Republican clothing have clearly embraced their roles as the antagonists. The problem is that while the GOP sees themselves as Obama’s antagonist, their actions have actually put them directly in conflict with the continued peace and tranquility of this nation. They refuse to address gun violence. They refuse to address immigration in a way that doesn’t include spending billions to turn our border with Mexico into a militarized zone. They refuse to give more funding to the veterans of the wars that their own party was the most responsible for starting.
Indeed, congressional Republicans are the enemy of the president’s agenda. In a way, that shouldn’t be surprising at all. We’ve operated as a two-party system from the beginning and a strong argument can be made for the need for both sides to exist to keep the other from pushing society off a cliff. But when you have a party who is most proud of tearing down the laws that were written to help the American people as their primary legislative accomplishment, something has gone terribly awry.
The 2014 mid-terms are going to be crucial for this country’s next steps into the future. There is a party in Washington that is hell-bent on pushing our economic and social values back at a minimum of forty years. If things remain as they are and the House stays in GOP control, no matter what happens in the Senate we’ll be stuck with yet another two years of gridlock because Republicans aren’t ashamed by their lack of productivity, they are proud of it, and want to have it gold-plated and mounted on a pole that sits even higher than the American flag at the capital — a symbol of the party who puts their political theatrics and backwards social engineering above the country they’re ostensibly in office to protect.