It’s Official — the Republican Party Has Now Become the “American Taliban”

boehner-cruzFor years now, liberals have referred to the tea party as the “American Taliban” for their policies which almost certainly would devastate millions of Americans.  But for the most part I’ve refused to call them that because, while their partisan obstruction was obvious, the comparisons just seemed a little too radical for me.

Well, not anymore.  Not with this continued insistence by Republicans that “Obamacare” be defunded, and their willingness to take down our nation to do just that.

Weeks ago when I heard people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul talk about a push to shutdown the government to try to force the defunding of Obamacare I figured it would make news — but I thought it was so radical that I wrote it off as their push to set themselves up for their 2016 presidential campaigns.

I never thought it would be taken seriously by “mainstream” Republicans because even they would know it was a horrible plan, right?


It appears now that House Speaker John Boehner is prepared to move forward on a proposal that will fund our government only if Obamacare is defunded.

This in response to repeated comments by the president that he will not, in any way, sign anything that defunds the Affordable Care Act.

So basically what Boehner is saying is that his “plan” to fund our government proposes something that the president has clearly said he will never sign.

In other words, Boehner, and fellow Republicans, are willing to shut down our government (hurting millions of Americans in the process) on some futile attempt to defund something that was passed by Congress, signed by the president and declared Constitutional by our Supreme Court.

And this is just their first plan.  There’s still talk that if this ends up falling through, they’re going to use the debt ceiling vote as another way to try to “defund Obamacare.”

A vote which, if not passed, could send our economy straight into an economic depression.

It’s one thing when these types of things are discussed among the far right members of the Republican party and dismissed by anyone who would even consider themselves someone to be taken seriously nationally, but these ideas are now being fully embraced by the Republican party.

Just think about that for a moment.  A political party that’s willing to crash our economy or shutdown our government to avoid complying with a Constitutionally-upheld law.

And they don’t want liberals to consider them the “American Taliban” or some other form of domestic terrorist?  Not all terrorism involves the killing of innocent people.  Terrorism can be seen as any calculated, and planned, attack on the United States meant to purposefully inflict harm.

Tell me, how is willingly crashing our economy not a “purposeful” act which would harm millions of Americans?  How is shutting down our government not a “purposeful” act to harm our nation?

Because President Obama has made it clear that the law of the land as per our Constitution “Obamacare” will not be defunded.  So if the Republican responses to that are proposals which include it being defunded, they are then willingly threatening to crash our economy or shutdown our government unless “their demands are met.”

And Republicans like Boehner damn well know what either of those actions would cause.  Oh—and neither of these actions would ultimately defeat “Obamacare.”

What if al Qaeda came out said they planned to crash our economy if specific demands weren’t met (say, the immediate withdrawal of our troops in Afghanistan), then after those demands weren’t met—they did crash our economy?

We’d call it a terrorist attack and label them criminals, right?

Yet that’s exactly what many Republicans are pushing for.  A direct attack on our country and our economy if their demands aren’t met.   An attack which would devastate millions of Americans and potentially send not just our economy, but the entire global economy, into a free fall.

So tell me, what’s the real difference?  Because they’re elected officials and not Islamic radicals?  It seems to me that both seem to wish harm on millions of Americans if they don’t get their way, and are willing to go to great lengths to do so.

And if you think the killing of Americans is what makes Islamic radicals that much different, you’re being naive.  Because I promise you, shutting down our government or purposefully crashing our economy will cost — and irreversibly ruin — American lives.

Let’s not also forget that these Republican acts are in “defiance” of a health care law which seeks to provide millions of Americans with health insurance.  How many lives would be lost if conservatives got their way and saw the health care law defunded?

But this isn’t really anything new for Republicans.  Since President Obama was elected in 2008, tea party Republicans and the GOP as a whole have been going out of their way to try to sabotage our economy in hopes that they could defeat him last November.  Of course that plan failed, and now we’re left with these same Republicans now fully embracing the most radical parts of the dangerous tea party agenda.

Or let’s just call them what they really are — domestic terrorists.  People who are willing to go to any lengths, even if it means crashing our economy, to try to force the president to “give in to their demands.”

These people are reprehensible.  My biggest hope is that next November, the American people don’t forget these moments when the Republican party put the lives of millions of Americans in jeopardy simply to try to blackmail the President of the United States.

The fact is that the “extreme” is now the “mainstream,” and because of that I can no longer view these people as belonging to a legitimate political party.  They really have turned into the “American Taliban.”

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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