At a White House press conference, Obama made his position on negotiating under duress absolutely clear. To paraphrase:
“GO F**K YOURSELVES, TERRORISTS.”
Now Boehner, the local whipping boy of the Tea Taliban, is complaining that his “my way or the highway” antics just aren’t standing up to someone who says it really is his way or the highway. While Obama did suggest that he might accept a short-term agreement just to get things going, Boehner “running scared of the Tea Party” wouldn’t have it.
Obama said in his address that “we can’t make extortion a routine part of our democracy.” He made no bones about not moving an inch until Boehner releases the hostage and lets the chips fall where they may. But Boehner’s crying again, accusing the president of being unyielding.
“The president said today that if there’s unconditional surrender by the Republicans, he’ll sit down and talk to us. That’s not the way our government works.”
Really, John? OK…so, do tell, given your incredible experience…how DOES our government work, exactly? Is taking the nation hostage just politics as usual, as Taliban Ted says? No, John, what YOU’RE doing isn’t how government works. Here’s how government works:
Senator 1: “I’ll vote to fund your district’s bridge project if you agree to support my bill.”
Senator 2: “I’ll agree to support your bill if you don’t back Senator 3’s road project.”
Senator 3: “I’ll vote for Senator 1’s bill and Senator 2’s bridge project of both of you agree to build a thousand unnecessary tanks at the factory in my district.”
Senators 1 and 2: “DEAL!“
OK, John…that’s how government works. That’s standard horse trading. Here’s how government DOESN’T work.
“You agree to our list of demands, or we’ll nuke the whole damned economy.”
See that, John Crier? It’s a subtle difference. But, we promise…you’ve crossed that fine line and set up a burning castle on the other side. The democratic process of horse trading is a long-respected one. One that is almost always, for all intents, limited to fairly provincial profits and losses. In essence, the representatives are the “champions” of their districts, and the districts “do combat” through their champions for personal gain. That’s how a Republic works, since you’re obviously unfamiliar with democracies.
Your vision of congressional “battle” has a lot less in common with Romanesque hand-to-hand combat — or even the David and Goliath championship that you constantly invoke — and a lot more in common with the Mass Assured Destruction policies of the Cold War. Think that comparison is a bit of hyperbole? Let’s hear what billionaire Warren Buffett said about the practice of using the threat of default as a political bargaining chip.
“It ought to be banned as a weapon. It should be like nuclear bombs, basically too horrible to use.”
So, there you have it, John. Even according to your billionaire friends, you’re no longer a political figurehead…you’re the spokesperson for a bunch of right-wing nuclear terrorists. And you wonder why our Commander-in-Chief refuses to negotiate with you. Consider yourself lucky you’re white and on Capitol Hill; if you’d have been brown and made this kind of threat toward the United States from any other country, you’d have found yourself Predator-droned by now. Here’s some advice: Take a lesson from your soul mate Assad, and start thinking of “unconditional surrender” as the only way to stay alive.
Because THAT’S the Commander-in-Chief’s JOB. To maintain the integrity of our democracy, and force the unconditional surrender of terrorists. Now, quit whining about him doing HIS job, and start doing YOUR OWN. And if your Teabagger friends sack you next year for it…oh well. You deal with the Devil, and you’re not going to find yourself anything but Hellfired.