March 1, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

The dreaded sequester is now upon us, thanks to Republican unwillingness to budge on closing unneeded tax loopholes for the very rich and their bitterly partisan desire to shift blame for this action solely onto the President. The trouble is, while Republicans once again place playing political games far above the needs and wants of the people, millions of Americans will suffer needlessly. Thousands of teachers, police, firefighters,and government employees will lose their jobs, and our defense and disaster-relief options will become limited. Additionally, a great many section 8 housing people will literally be thrown out on the streets to swell the already far too numerous ranks of the homeless,  just because reactionary Republicans felt this was the opportune time to make a foolish, short-sighted political point. In doing so, these heartless clods will be throwing the baby out along with the bath water!

The way democracy has been practiced in the United States has always included compromise and give-and-take, both inside and outside of our branches of government as well as our political parties – until very recently. The party out of power has nearly always employed the very wise tactic of “give a little to get a little back.” This has served the nation reasonably well, albeit at times imperfectly, over its 200+ years of existence. It has also shown the world an enviable method to achieve progress among disparate groups as each works with the other to achieve positive solutions to pressing problems. Most regrettably, it now appears that this American method of practicing democracy is on the wane.

Thanks to the overbearing rigidity and unyielding stodginess of the now far-right, Tea Party-infested Republican Party, compromise has become equated with surrender. Uncompromising,  total governmental gridlock has been the result. It has wrought only unneeded and dangerous economic and political instability. Its only real achievement has meant the end of progress as well as repeated, unheard-of attempts to shut down our federal government. This, my friends, is regression in action, and it is destroying our democracy one manufactured crisis at a time.  These modern Republicans have voted in near lock-step unison against all Democratic Party initiatives ever since Barack Obama was first inaugurated President in January of 2009.  They opposed his economic stimulus program, even though it saved our automotive industry and prevented our economy from sliding into a second Great Depression. Then they opposed his Affordable Care Act of 2010, which permanently ended the ability of overly profit-hungry insurance companies to discriminate against persons with pre-existing conditions and made it illegal to dump customers undergoing prolonged, expensive treatments. They opposed all efforts to implement a badly-needed federal jobs program. They have systematically and routinely failed to act on hundreds of presidential judicial appointments. They have unprecedentedly voted to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress on the flimsiest of politically-driven charges. They have abused the practice of filibuster in the Senate, making it possible for one single, solitary Senator to secretly block any bill whatsoever without having to give any type of public explanation at all. They also voted in near-unison against any tax increases on the very wealthiest Americans, even though those wealthy Americans have enjoyed ridiculously low tax rates for 11 years (with numerous tax loopholes as well) and have unfairly held down everyone else’s wages while exporting millions of good-paying American jobs to foreign slave labor markets.  This nearly-unanimous voting pattern by the GOP more closely resembles European-style parliamentary democracy more than its traditional American counterpart. For the European version usually has one party or one coalition of parties voting as a bloc in an effort to achieve a vote of no-confidence in the existing government, which they hope  will force a special new election to topple that existing government,  allowing them to take power. Unfortunately for these Republicans, that is NOT the way we do things in this country!

Voters today are fed-up with congressional stalling, obstruction, and inaction. They are sick to death of manufactured crises every few months. They want cooperation and compromise between parties and the various branches of government. They want a return to GOOD government: government without name-calling, brinksmanship, or back-stabbing. They want government to work properly – the way it did before reactionaries took control of the Republican Party, and especially before the Tea Party began its unhealthy infestation of the GOP.

In European and South American parliamentary democracies, the effective head of state (usually a Prime Minister) can and sometimes does dissolve the Parliament and will, for a time, rule by decree, if he or she believes an imminent threat to the country’s security exists. In 1958, French President Charles De Gaulle did precisely that, and eventually saved French democracy as a result. Perhaps President Obama should emulate De Gaulle by DISSOLVING CONGRESS ALTOGETHER and calling for brand-new congressional elections! After all, this current Congress is showing itself to be unworthy of representing the country as a whole, in that it places grandstanding and political gamesmanship far above the pressing needs of the citizenry. After all, Congress has repeatedly in recent years shown that it is more devoted to the wants and needs of special interests than it is in the common good of the populace. In some cases, notably in terms of Hurricane Sandy relief and in its steadfast refusal to place an outright ban on assault weapons, it has even voted AGAINST what the voters wanted and needed!

Perhaps it would be good for members of the Tea Party and other reactionary Republicans to actually experience that which they have falsely claimed we have been living under: a dictatorial and fascist  presidency under Barack Obama. Then and only them, they may recognize the foolhardiness and ridiculousness of those reckless and meritless accusations. It would serve them right to be forced out of power long enough to come to their senses and realize that compromise is the only way to get things done in a democracy like ours, where ALL parties have the right to provide an input, and being a strict, doctrinaire hard-ass is simply not allowed!

I realize that what I have proposed above is unprecedented for American politics and would, for many reasons, be impractical. It is, in effect, based on fantasy more than reality. Nonetheless, I am calling out loudly for AN END TO THIS PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY GAME the Republicans have been playing!                                              

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. swa44 says:

    Well said, but your paragraph that begins, “Voters today are fed-up with congressional stalling, obstruction, and inaction . . . ” should read “Most voters today . . .” That’s because 22 percent to 30 percent of the population back tea party extremists, prefer gridlock to progress and would shut the federal government down indefinitely if they could. They’re into resentment, spite and spoiling, and the ignoramuses, yahoos and bullies they elect are determined to deliver. Tea party pols have no sense of governing responsibly. They have no concept of the broad public interest. Tea party Republicans are a malignant tumor on the body politic, and if they keep getting their way they just might kill it.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Great points, S.W.! These Tea Party asses claim to be against government waste, but their very presence in the government is a gigantic waste of taxpayer dollars and everybody’s time as well. Dick Armey and the rest of the Tea Party founders ought to be boiled in oil for throwing this bunch of crazies at the rest of us, and for destroying the GOP as they have! This infestation must STOP – immediately!

  2. Beach Bum says:

    Several years ago here in Columbia, South Carolina there was a local radio talk show hosted by a fairly reasonable guy, named John W, who while leaning to the right politically did welcome and respect the view points of liberals who called in. Now John did have one habit I found rather irritating, he loved to quote something called the “Cycle of Democracy.” It goes like this:

    “From bondage to spiritual faith;
    from spiritual faith to great courage;
    from courage to liberty;
    from liberty to abundance;
    from abundance to selfishness;
    from selfishness to apathy;
    from apathy to dependence;
    from dependency back again into bondage.”

    Now since Mr. W “leaned” to the right his opinion of this cycle could be generally characterized to mean poor folks learning they could vote themselves money from the treasury in the form of welfare, food stamps, and all the other gifts republicans think cause Democrats to win elections. Sadly since then Mr. W’s positions have harden considerably to the point the guy had an huge crush on Glen Beck during his heyday.
    What I eventually found funny in this “Cycle of Democracy” bovine excrement was that it fit far closer to the Tea Bagger “I’ve got mine and screw the rest of the world” attitude that some commie-pinko scheme to buy votes.
    The Tea Baggers I know, and the ones that behaved badly during several of the 2008 republican primary presidential debates, look at the world as if it all revolves around them. I’m speaking mainly about the abundance to selfishness to apathy part here.
    Those without health care can die, the poor can go hungry, schools can fall apart, and the country’s infrastructure can become a global laughing stock as long as they can receive an endless supply of tax cuts. It is a curious mindset, I’d call it simple narcissism, but that would be a criminal understatement since we are talking about the United States bordering on failed state status because of it.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks for the comment, Beach Bum, and good to hear from you again! Both Gwen and I hope you’ll also stop by the Here Be Monsters radio show again next Sunday at 6 PM Eastern.

      It sounds like Mr. W. has become as big of a crackpot as that worthless paranoid Glenn Beck. I think you have nailed the Tea Party state of mind with this comment, and, as the great philosopher Jesus once said (or would have said): “Man does not live by tax cuts alone!” 🙂

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