Republicans Calling This “Obama’s Shutdown” Simply Prove How Clueless They Are

Obama-shutdownI don’t know if there’s ever been a time where I’ve been this dumbfounded by Republican rhetoric.  I mean sure, they’ve always been pretty detached from reality on many things, but this whole “shutdown the government to defund Obamacare” thing takes the cake.

And the ones who keep blaming the shutdown on Democrats or President Obama are simply out of their minds.  This is all on the Republican party—period.

Sure, conservatives are trying to talk a good game by pinning this on Democrats who are simply being “unreasonable,” but for anyone to seriously believe that just shows how out of touch these people have become.

How in the world is this “Obama’s shutdown?”

Here’s a fun fact: The Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” is the law of the land.  This isn’t a bill up for debate Republicans are trying to block, or some piece of legislation they oppose, it’s the law. 

A law that was passed by our process of government through our Congress and signed by our president.  Then to even take it a step further, it was deemed Constitutional by our Supreme Court.  Outside of a Constitutional Amendment to top it all off, this is about as legal as you can get.

Also, Democrats and President Obama have said since day one that any measure to repeal, defund or delay “Obamacare” isn’t negotiable.  Once again, it’s the law of the land.  Republicans, you lost—get over it.

So Republicans can continue to send proposal after proposal to the Senate which includes some kind of measure to either delay, defund or repeal “Obamacare,” and it won’t be the fault of Senate Democrats for not even bothering to consider it.  Why would they?  They’ve said from the start that anything having to do with “Obamacare,” when it comes to funding the government or raising the debt ceiling, is non-negotiable.

This is something Republicans simply don’t seem to understand.  There’s no “negotiation” to be had if part of the “compromise” from Republicans includes delaying, defunding or repealing the Affordable Care Act.

You don’t “negotiate” with anyone or anything by requiring the one thing that the other side has clearly stated isn’t up for negotiation.  If your stance is that must be included then there simply won’t be a negotiation.  What would be the point?  So when Republicans whine and throw hissy fits about Democrats refusing to talk with them it’s absolutely pathetic.

This is how these “negotiations” seem to be going:

Senate Democrats: So, do you finally have a proposal which doesn’t include defunding, delaying or repealing the Affordable Care Act? 

House Republicans: No.

Senate Democrats: Come back when you do.  

That’s it.  No further negotiation necessary.

House Republicans can send over 300 different proposals to Senate Democrats.  If each one of them includes delaying, defunding or repealing “Obamacare,” there’s no need to even continue.

But for the main reason why this isn’t “Obama’s shutdown,” we just need to take a look back to last November — that was when the American people (you know, the people Republicans claim are telling them what to do) could have elected Mitt Romney and gave full Congressional power back to Republicans, but they didn’t.

Not only did the American people not elect Mitt Romney, or give power back to Republicans in Congress, Democrats actually gained seats in both the House and Senate.  If the American people badly wanted “Obamacare” repealed, that was their chance to do so.

But they didn’t.  Instead they re-elected the president who signed “Obamacare” into law and gave more power back to the party which supports it.

Now Democrats control the Senate and the White House, otherwise known as two-thirds of our government, while Republicans control one-third.  Yet somehow Republicans see this as some “statement” from the American people that a handful of delusional tea party-backed Republicans are somehow the “voice of government,” when in all actuality they represent a very small minority.  All while Democrats control two of the necessary three levels of government to pass law.

And the kicker to all of this is that many Republicans are calling this shutdown foolish.  This shutdown isn’t even the entire Republican party, it’s just a handful of mainly tea party-backed whack jobs that have just enough power to cause disruption, but not actually get anything productive done.

Which is all tea party politicians seem focused on doing.  They never really support anything, they just obstruct everything.  They seem hell bent to do everything they can to prove once and for all “government doesn’t work” by—making government not work.

Get it now?  These buffoons want government to fail.  Hell, it’s what they run for office on.  The evils of government.  Why in the world would these people ever want government to succeed when opposing the government is the cornerstone of their entire political movement?

So for those who keep saying, “This is Obama’s shutdown!”—please get a clue.

The blame for this shutdown falls squarely on the shoulders of the Republican party.  But don’t take my word for it, just ask a few Congressional Republicans who have said the very same thing.

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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