What we have here, America, is the civil rights’ battle all over again but on a higher plane. Apparently Republicans don’t believe that Obama, because he is “a black man” can be trusted to run the country. They intend to run the country from behind the scenes. Sometimes I think I can almost hear that old racist adjective “uppity” being used by certain congress people when privacy is available (I hope not). They keep arguing that because they were re-elected to the House of Representatives they have almost as much political cachet as Obama, who after all, received only 51% of the vote. The percent doesn’t matter because the election is over and we picked Obama. You held on to the House of Representative through gerrymandering and voter restrictions. You cheated. So even if 49% of Americans agree with you (which we know is not the case, because there were also independent voters) it doesn’t matter. Obama won both the Presidency and the Senate. He won. You lost. If the House of Representatives really has enough power to have their way with America we need to amend the Constitution.
These guys are really American traitors who will not do what the people want because they have decided that it is not the right path to take. It is not up to them to decide, on their own, the path that America will take. We did not vote for small government, although you have harped on it for almost Obama’s entire first term. We voted for smart government; a government just the right size that will honor our rights and help the middle class thrive. You have fought for small government for a long time. Why make this moment your last ditch stand? You don’t have the American voters on your side. The party of small government is not in control of the American government. One House of Congress is not “control”, although you are using it that way. That is wrong. You are wrong. And Grover Norquist is also wrong; he is not in charge of America either.
Because Republicans don’t need us to man their factories, because they have huge new sources of inexpensive labor the rich say they will not continue to contribute the lion’s share of their tax dollars to the programs that benefit the middle and lower classes (the now unnecessary worker class), Did you watch the opening ceremony when the Olympics was in Beijing? I thought it would be all technology – it wasn’t – it was all people, wall-to-wall people; people with skills. But these social programs the Republicans want so much to abandon are the very programs that help keep America great. Apparently, if we want our social programs we need to find a way to pay for them that does not include tax monies from the top 2%. But if we do, and someone from the top finds their way to the bottom of the pile once again they will have to assume that they will be excluded from the social programs they refused to help pay for.
None of this excuses their traitorous behavior. They took jobs in Congress under false pretentions. None of this excuses their racist behavior. They have no intention of letting “a black man” set policy for the United States. He is not one of them and they will never let him forget it. And if you want to see what they want, look to Michigan.
Send our representatives home! Disband Congress or at least the House! Redraw the gerrymander lines back to the Clinton era lines and hold a new Congressional election with severe spending limits in place. Reconvene Congress. Design a structure that will allow us to contribute, over and above our usual Social Security and Medicare contributions, whatever we can afford, to keep social programs open and functioning. Find a path that keeps our social programs or strengthens them through the combination of increased revenue, surgical cuts and targeted spending. You need to get over yourselves and enact the people’s business or you need to go home. I don’t like to believe that the Republicans have become traitors and racists, but I just cannot justify their current behavior any other way.
This is the view from the cheap seats.