Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Give Us What We Want and Everyone Gets Hurt

One of my favorite things about the Republican leaders in Congress these days is that most of them are basically like Colonel Nathan Jessup. They don't even try to hide the fact that they're ordering the Code Red on the entire country because they firmly believe it's the right thing to do and they can't wait to tell you about all about it.

A couple of months back, Mitch McConnell flat-out admitted that the only reason the GOP raised a public stink over the attack on Libya was that the president who ordered it wasn't a Republican.

Now, he's got some illuminating words for those who dare to call Congresional Republicans "terrorists" in the wake of the debt ceiling fight.

They're not terrorists. They're more like, you know, kidnappers.

“I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting... Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.”

See? They had what they firmly believed were necessary political reasons for taking a hostage and trying to force the government to bend to their will.

Oh, wait, that actually is the definition of a terrorist.

(via Cesca)


Thomas B said...

So it's safe to say that McConnell is a terrorist terrapin?

kanye said...

This is snipped from The Hill, November 10, 2009:

Senators from both parties on Tuesday put new pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to turn the power to trim entitlement benefits over to an independent commission.

Seven members of the Senate Budget Committee threatened during a Tuesday hearing to withhold their support for critical legislation to raise the debt ceiling if the bill calling for the creation of a bipartisan fiscal reform commission were not attached.

“You rarely do have the leverage to make a fundamental change,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who said he hasn’t ruled out offering the independent commission legislation as an amendment to the healthcare reform bill.

Among [the independent commission‘s] chief responsibilities would be closing the gap between tax revenue coming in and the larger cost of paying for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

But before Tuesday’s hearing was over, Sens. Conrad, Gregg, Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), George Voinovich (R-Ohio)and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) publicly vowed to vote against raising the debt ceiling if a budget reform commission bill doesn’t come along with it.

But they all agree Congress lacks the political wherewithal to make potentially drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, or raise taxes, in the name of fiscal responsibility.

Every direction that we turn: The Senate, The House, The President, Republicans, Democrats, the media, the internet; they’re all foisting blame on the Tea Party, as if the Tea Party is some Machiavellian group of Sun Tzu-level political strategists who’s twisted, devil-born ideology and Ciceronian acumen have allowed them to rise to such heights that this small group of junior legislators has seized the almost unimaginable power to foster this country’s economic demise.

It’s bullshit. The Tea Party is nothing more than the magician’s left hand that serves to distract us from the magician’s right hand as it stuffs silken scarves up a sleeve; a carefully and purposely crafted boogie man that all sides can point to as being, “The Evil”.

If one holds these Tea Partiers and their threats-of-doom as terrorists because of the way they’re using their ideological underpinnings as a weapon to hold our nation hostage, then what descriptor does one reserve for those men who not only previously leveled that very same threat, but are in fact the progenitors of the tactic?

Note the last quote: …Congress lacks the political wherewithal to make potentially drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, or raise taxes…

With The President of the United States publicly on board and a “convenient” scapegoat at hand, we can probably go ahead and change that to “lacked that political wherewithal”.

Joash said...

Kanye, based on your brilliant analysis and my own insights into the physiognomy of our Congress, I have determined that Joe Lieberman is actually Senator (Emperor) Palpatine.