By Jack Jodell, July 26, 2011
I used to think it was the 107th – 109th Congresses, which rubber-stamped virtually everything then-President George W. Bush wanted, from ridiculous tax cuts for billionaires, to supporting the outsourcing of American jobs, to an illegal preemptive military strike in Iraq that was funded by borrowing rather than backed with taxes, to further illegal acts of wiretapping against American citizens and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus under the detestable Patriot Act, to the tacit approval of Americans using torture and kidnapping against enemies – which were the worst Congresses in our history.
Today, this group of sorry misfits, all of whom are being paid with YOUR tax dollars, are certainly not earning their overly-large paychecks. They are NOT acting in the country’s best interests. Take House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for example. This pompous eager-beaver is only interested in the power and well-being of Eric Cantor. He has conveniently latched on to the coattails of a large, sizable, highly vocal minority body of ill-advised, ultra-reactionary Tea Party members freshly elected last November, and is using them to propel himself toward becoming third in line to the presidency, as the Speaker of the House.
In doing so, Cantor is recklessly, transparently, and selfishly walking all over the current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH). While I have absolutely no love lost for Boner (as I and others derisively refer to him), I can fully appreciate his anger and frustration over having been politically outmaeuvered by this rash and mouthy little upstart Cantor who is making it all but impossible for Boner to enter into any kind of deal with the President on the debt ceiling whatsoever without a major uprising occurring in the overly conservative and narrow-minded faction of teabagger elements which are now infecting the very sorry current Republican Party. In so doing, Cantor and his irresponsible bunch are preparing to drive this country’s economy off the cliff for what they so mistakenly believe will be their political gain in the next election. We’ll see who gains and who loses next time around, however. I am predicting this uncompromising, bullying behavior will result in a well-deserved rout of these crazy Tea Party extremists, and a bloodbath for the GOP which is housing them!
The blame for this very sorry state of affairs lies squarely at the feet of both major political parties, however, as well as on the dubious machinations of outside agents like tax-haters Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers, and perhaps the lyingest scoundrels in American political history, spinmeisters Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh. Fat chipmunk Norquist, the trust-funder who has never known a hungry night in his entire pampered life, has skillfully maneuvered nearly every elected Republican in the country to sign his disgustingly unrealistic pledge to never raise taxes, no matter what the situation. The Koch brothers, also having never known a hungry night and who are completely divorced from the realities of what average Americans need or want, have spent millions on deceptive misinformation campaigns to elect even more tax and government- hating Republicans to office. Rove and Limbaugh, two more hopelessly out-of-touch buffoons who also have never known hunger, have shamelessly taken every possible opportunity to lie and reframe every political argument in favor of corporatist Republicans their whole lives.
On the Democratic side, weak and limp-wristed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has never shown the stomach and force necessary to justify his position as Majority Leader and has instead consistently and futilely tried to negotiate with unyielding, uncivil, and uncaring Republicans. His efforts at consensus building have yielded nothing (just as the President’s efforts along those same lines), and have led only to de facto domination of the whole government by the minority party. In the process, they have both abandoned the vast majority of Americans who are poor, handicapped, wage-slave workers, and middle class, and have effectively turned their party into a servant of unrepresentative special interests. While former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was a FAR better and MUCH more effective Speaker than her present-day Boner counterpart, she, too, didn’t convey her message well enough or work hard enough to stave off last November’s tragic Tea Party mudslide. And so we are left with the mess we are currently in.
Waiting in the weeds is the deluded and despicable Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY). This ever-calculating politician, the whipping boy of big banks and Wall Street, mistakenly believes his stubborn obstinacy and noncompliance with anything the Democrats or the President proposes will gain him political favor, propel he and his party to control of the Senate, and lead to the President’s defeat in next year’s election. McConnell, just like that opportunistic Eric Cantor, will do ANYTHING to push himself upward, even destroying our economy and its government if necessary. He has expressed his major goal to make this President a one-termer, something no previous person in his position has had the audacity to say publicly. This is a very cheeky, insolent, bought-out, selfish, and ignorant fool. Kentucky voters would do themselves and the entire country a great favor by throwing his ass out of office the next time he’s up for reelection! Men with his one-sided goals do not belong in high office, OR on the public payroll.
For far too long, the Republicans and Teabaggers have behaved as if this were a parliamentary form of government, like the United Kingdom has. Since the very outset of President Obama’s term, they have voted nearly en masse against each and every one of his initiatives. When he has endorsed one of their ideas, they have done an immediate about-face and have opposed what they initially proposed, just for spite. This is counter to our precedent, and THIS IS NOT A PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY WHERE REFUSAL TO COOPERATE BRINGS A GOVERNMENT DOWN WHILE HOLDING ITS CITIZENS HOSTAGE! Opposition parties have nearly ALWAYS compromised with the President to best serve the country, rather than reduce everything to purely partisan gamesmanship. THESE TEAPUBLICANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED, AND SHOULD STOP BEHAVING LIKE SPOILED INFANTS! Voter patience is wearing VERY thin, and voters’ wrath will be certain to come down on them, DESERVEDLY, in the next election.!
Because of the nonstop Republican obstinacy and propensity to lie and spin rather than face true facts and do what the public actually is paying them to do – GOVERN – this 112th Congress, and not its predecessors, has turned out to the the most unproductive and WORST CONGRESS IN OUR ENTIRE HISTORY! The very next one, with its conservative, government-hating Teapublican faction reduced to a mere fraction, will be FAR better!!!