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Mad Tantrummer’s Tea Party

Posted on: October 7, 2013

In my house, when someone throws a tantrum we ignore it. We mock it. We absolutely NEVER give in to it. EVER. Because that teaches the tantrummer that her strategy works. Right? Especially when, like most tantrums, it is about something irrational.

Please let’s talk about Congress. The Republicans in Congress, specifically. The Tea Party Republicans in Congress, even more specifically. The people responsible for the government shutdown. Responsible for the fact that we are an international joke. That we are losing credibility by the day.

And why? Because they don’t like the Affordable Care Act, couldn’t block it, couldn’t get their anti-candidate elected to stop it, couldn’t repeal it (and they tried. 37 times at a cost of $52 MILLION. So much for fiscal conservatism). Couldn’t get the Supreme Court to strike it down. Nope. So now they are holding the government hostage in order to get their way because they have failed every other way. Folks. THIS IS THE LIVING BREATHING DEFINITION OF A TANTRUM. And it would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous for our democracy.

Think about it. Long term. Beyond this crisis. Whenever you cannot get a legislative majority or an electoral victory to either implement or stop a particular policy, you simply corral your members and refuse to do your job. You do not pass a budget. You threaten the very foundation of our economy (and the world’s!) by making debt ceiling threats. And if you get your way, then God help us all, because now that becomes the new normal.

So if my kid throws a fit that she wants candy at 10am and I say no, but you can have it at 2pm. Then she refuses to get dressed, put on shoes, come out of her room. And I say, “You know we don’t eat candy at 10am. This is a ridiculous request. You can have it at 2pm.” Then she screams that she wants it at 11, then. And I say NO. Then she freaks out because I am Refusing To Negotiate and I am Being Unreasonable. Listen kid, you started this whole tantrum, right? I made a very reasonable offer of 2pm and you lost your damn mind. Figure your own way out of it. She demands 11am, again accusing me of Not Negotiating. Were I to capitulate you would think me the worst parent on the planet, right? And you’d want me to swat that kid for having the giant balls to think Negotiation is at all on the goddamn table.

There is no negotiating with irrational stupid people, folks. Kids or Congress. Remember: the Tea Party hates government. We elected people who hate government to run our government. And this is what you get. People who react with glee to the government shutdown but then have faux outrage when actual things (monuments! websites!) are, in fact, shut down. Still waiting for the same outrage that the poor veterans not allowed access to monuments don’t have access to their goddamn well-earned CHECKS.

If they want a fight about the ACA, they should have that fight. For the 50 millionth time. But they should NOT try to have that fight on the back of the budget and on our nation’s full faith and credit. It is irresponsible, dangerous and STUPID. And that’s where I’m at, my friends. Tea Party people love to talk about the evils of PC, political correctness. Well, let me tell you something. I am sick and tired of not being able to call stupid people with stupid ideas STUPID. We’re bending over backwards to get “all sides” of the story. Hello? Some sides of the story are STUPID. The people promoting them are misinformed and stupid, and they do not deserve to be on the same stage as actual sides of the story. Sarah Palin is stupid. There. I said it. She is. I don’t mean book larnin’ or college degrees or social status. I mean: a person with no intellectual curiosity, no concern for finding out either the truth of an issue or the deeper truth of their beliefs. No interest in understanding the other person or view. And literally no shame about spreading lies, falsehoods and ill will simply because it comports with their political motives. Regardless of the cost to our society and our democracy. She is stupid. As a goddamn box of rocks. And I really wish more people had the courage to call out the stupid people like her. Ted Cruz, who apparently is as elitist as the elitists he claims to abhor, is not academically stupid. But stupid he is. As a Texan Box o’ Rocks. He is literally bringing the once-glorious (although not my speed) Republican Party to its knees. And anyone who thinks otherwise is, I’m sorry to say: stupid. Or willfully, stupidly blind.

And, for the record, two things: Congress is NOT exempt from Obamacare. Here is a link to an article showing the trajectory of how this became a news item. The fact remains: Congress is not only NOT exempt from Obamacare, it is REQUIRED to participate. Will these facts stop Ted Cruz from speechifying that Congress Exempted Itself? Nope. But at least now YOU know. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/10/02/from-politico-to-hannity-the-trajectory-of-congresss-obamacare-exemption-myth/

Next: should anyone tell you that The Democrats Refused to Negotiate, please refer yourself to the following NINETEEN instances of attempts to craft a budget that were thwarted by Republicans. I don’t know how many times you’d try to “negotiate” but I’m thinking 19 is pretty damn reasonable. So shut up with that GOP talking point, please. And, again, if you view the BASIC job of the Congress to keep the damn doors open and the lights on, then any request to “negotiate” that basic duty is on its face unreasonable. If your boss had to negotiate with you to get you to show up to work and turn on your laptop, no one would boo him for canning you. Same here. Congress needs to do its job. Open the government. Then you can have your 76th attempt to repeal Obamacare. Go on.

Courtesy of National Journal:
1. 4/23 Senator Reid requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Toomey blocked.

2. 5/6 Senator Reid requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Cruz blocked.

3. 5/7 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

4. 5/8 Senator Warner asked unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

5. 5/9 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

6. 5/14 Senator Warner asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator McConnell blocked.

7. 5/15 Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator McConnell blocked.

8. 5/16 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

9. 5/21 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Paul blocked.

10. 5/22 Senator Kaine asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Rubio blocked.

11. 5/23 Senator McCaskill asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

12. 6/4 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Rubio blocked.

13. 6/12 Senator Kaine asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

14. 6/19 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Toomey blocked.

15. 6/26 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Cruz blocked.

16. 7/11 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Marco Rubio blocked.

17. 7/17 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Mike Lee blocked.

18. 8/1 Senator Durbin requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Marco Rubio blocked.

19. 10/2 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Toomey blocked.

That’s a hefty list, right? All blocked. By Republicans. But now, oh my goodness, now that we’ve shit in our own nest, we demand that the Democrats negotiate! NONSENSE. Ted Cruz walked you guys into a mess, and somebody better walk you out. But that person is not Obama, Reid or anyone else with a D after their name.

There is not a Republican in memory who would have threatened the credit of the United States of America over a policy disagreement (even the very contentious ones around Medicare and Social Security back in the old old days). Think about that. Think about it. Not Reagan. Not Bush. Not Dick “Not a Crook” Nixon. Not Dick Cheney. Not even the Evil Master of Political Chicanery Himself, Karl Rove. Not freaking anyone. It simply would NOT have occurred in a sane GOP.

It is time for the Party of Personal Responsibility to take some. You created the Tea Party. And now you must lie with them. Or cast them out. For the benefit of the once-proud Republican Party (a party that once boasted great minds with great ideas [that I didn’t necessarily agree with but that had some intellect and thought behind them]) but now is populated by people who simply hate Obama (and “Big Government”) more than they love their country.

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