Regardless of party, the reality is that the debt ceiling needs to be raised and it is the responsibility of the Congress, both the House and the Senate, to write and pass a bill both houses can agree upon. That bill is then sent to the President for his signature, which makes the bill become a law.
The Republican elected officials in the House of Representatives refuse to do their job, instead finger-pointing at the President and telling spurious lies, in the hopes that they will create an atmosphere in which The People blame the President, and make him “a one-term president.”
The plan of the GOP simply refuses to take into account the needs of the American populace. In opposing the President’s stimulus package, they ignored unemployment; in opposing “entitlement programs”, they ignore the elderly and the infirm; in opposing an increase in the debt ceiling, they ignore the full faith and credit of the United States and the economic recession their previous budgets and spending led to.
The more people like Allen West and Joe Walsh bring a number-crunching prioritization to the government of the United States, coupled with an intense partisan loyalty which super-cedes their patriotic, civic and employment responsibilities (since governance is their job), the more we fall into the trap prophesied by President George Washington in his farewell address,
“In contemplating the causes which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing parties…”
Senator Mitch McConnell famously said that his number one priority is to make President Barack Obama a “one-term president.” His number one priority should be, if I may be so bold, helping the 99 other senators and 435 representatives in the House write and pass laws which benefit the country.
The Republican Party, 2011, is simply a self-sustaining organization which happens to participate in politics. It is no longer a group of people who agree on certain principles about how the government should be run. It is awash in social and economic theories, many different from each other and all bastardizing the label “conservative.” And these are the people who have managed to lie their way into office, spouting untruths without responsibility for their words, like Speaker of the House John Boehner did in his response to the President on July 25th.
There has been no “bipartisan support” for the debt-ceiling plan he proposed and passed through the Allen West-infested House, and it is not a serious or good-faith attempt because he knows it will not pass the Senate, let alone be signed by the President. He has failed to put country before party. And in telling his lies, he is following Senator McConnell in attempting to place the interests of his party, in demeaning and delegitimizing and defeating the Democrat in the White House, before the fiscal solvency of the nation that he serves, that they all serve.
Loyal opposition is one thing. It creates the opportunity for the best ideas and values of the participants to be evaluated and included on their merits in a compromise. Opposition for its own sake, though, is the warning that President Washington spoke of over two-hundred years ago,
”However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
The cunning, ambitious, unprincipled men are now in positions of authority in our government, and are attempting “to subvert the power of the people and usurp for themselves the reins of government.” They must be stopped.
Call Eric Cantor and let them know how you feel – 202-225-2815.
Call Speaker Boehner and tell him to focus on the nation, not his party – 202-225-6205
- ‘The Key is McConnell’: White House Looks to GOP Senate Leader for Help (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Obama argues debt case to nation (boston.com)
- Debt ceiling impasse: How we got into this mess (cnn.com)