In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and President Obama signed it, making it law. Then in 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled it Constitutional.
Republicans not liking the law doesn’t give them the right to damn near sink our entire economy — and hold our government hostage — because they didn’t get their way last November.
So following a government shutdown where the bill proposed by the Senate before the shutdown began was never allowed to be voted on in the House, I just have to ask, “When do we start talking about removing members of Congress for sedition?”
First, let’s look at the definition of sedition: the crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government.
But what would prompt such drastic actions?
Well, let’s take Speaker of the House John Boehner’s assessment that there weren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s original continuing resolution, which would have avoided a government shutdown altogether.
So you’re telling me, 87 Republicans voted for the latest Senate deal which ended the shutdown (a deal which was nearly identical to the original resolution the Senate proposed to begin with) but there weren’t enough votes from the start to have avoided the shutdown completely? That is the bullcrap line Boehner and Republicans are clinging to?
There were credible reports from the beginning that there were enough votes to pass the Senate’s original resolution, Boehner simply refused to let them vote.
So isn’t the act of allowing our government to close because Republican leadership willfully kept a vote from occurring that would have avoided a government closure, encouraging people to disobey their government? Hell, isn’t this what many Republicans have advocated with “Obamacare” from the beginning?
How is it not a crime for Boehner to have known that the whole government shutdown could have easily been avoided by simply letting the House vote? Yet he still sat there lying to the American people, saying that there weren’t enough votes to pass the Senate’s resolution.
Because I promise you this, if 87 Republicans voted on the last deal the Senate put together, there were damn sure enough Republicans from the start that would have voted with Democrats to have kept the government open without any kind of closure.
Sure, maybe some voted for this latest bill out of pressure after two weeks of bad press—but not that many.
So that’s why I ask, when do we start talking criminal charges against these members of Congress like Ted Cruz and John Boehner who willfully lied to the American people? They shut down the government for no damn reason and (in the case of Ted Cruz) seemed to go out of his way to do everything he possibly could to keep the shutdown going. They cost us $24 billion and have inflicted enormous damage to communities and millions of lives all across the country.
All in defiance of the law of the land.
You know, had Republicans possibly gained power in Congress last November they might have had an argument—but they didn’t. Not only did President Obama overwhelmingly get re-elected, Democrats gained seats in both the House and Senate.
This government shutdown was nothing but a political stunt. They knew going into it their goals weren’t obtainable—yet they did it anyway.
Then they had the nerve to sit there and lie to the American people about why the government was shut down. Boehner stood there in front of the nation and said, “There aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s resolution.” Which was a blatant lie.
So, how is that not some kind of crime? And if it isn’t, shouldn’t it be? Shouldn’t it be illegal for one man, and one party, to block a vote in the House of Representatives that would keep our government open—just because they wouldn’t like the outcome of the vote?
Because that’s exactly what happened. And that’s exactly what caused the shutdown to begin with.
So while Republicans like to throw the word “impeachment” out anytime President Obama does anything, I think it’s time the American people start asking the question, “At what point do we start the process of removing members of Congress for sedition?”
And the first two that should face that scrutiny are John Boehner and Ted Cruz.