The United States Government has shut down for the first time in 17 years. House Republicans could not reach a compromise with the Senate over the Affordable Care Act which they at first wanted to defund, and when they realized that would not kill off Obamacare, they then went for a one year moratorium in a last-ditch effort to turn it into a political issue for the 2014 campaign.
Senate Democrat would not budge on the Act. They did say that they were willing to discuss improvement, but not defunding or killing off the act.
This all started when the Tea Party members in the House, with the power to stall any legislation they want, decided that they were going to propose, and push hard on legislation to defund Obamacare. However, the Congressional research Office informed them that they can not do that since the Affordable Care Act is a mandatory spending item like Social security and Medicare. It was then that Republicans went for the one year moratorium. They wanted to improve and twik the Bill, they said. But there were others who in effect spilled the beans. They wanted to turn the affordable Health Care issue over to the people trying to get it onto the ballot, and thus turning it into a political agenda point, as they tried to gain total control of Congress.
In effect, the Tea Party, a minority with just enough votes, to stall any legislation is holding the whole nation hostage over this one issue which is now a Federal Mandate. Affordable Health Care is here. It is a done deal, and we need to move on. However, The Tea Party has made it clear that they will get what they want and that there is no room for discussion or compromise. This is a dangerous move. It says to all Americans that if there is any one group with enough votes in either House, that they could shut down an entire government. It threatens the very concept of Democracy. Democracy is compromise. No one is guaranteed everything they want, they get some of this, they get some of that. But in order to get This or That, they have to give on some of these and those. The Tea Party though says they want it all. They want This, That, These and Those. If they don’t get it then they will shut down the government. That is what the Tea Party has said. That is what the Tea Party has done. And now it will take the American people to tell their representative bodies in both the Senate and the House to get on the stick, do their job, or they might find themselves without job in 2014.
I don’t know how you feel about Obamacare. That is not the point. The point is when one group, a small faction attempts to dictate over an entire people it sets the stage for a very dangerous situation. It threatens democracy. It threatens the very ideals of Representative Government. It sets in motion an idea that one lone group with just enough votes can shut down an entire government, and thus question the ideals of a government of the people, and for the people.
If this continues. the very concepts set forth by the founding fathers of this great nation could be called to question. While our debts might not be payed, at some point that issue itself would be mute, because Democracy and freedom and our very form of government might be threatened.
Never, should one small faction be allowed to arise and cause the very ideals of representative government to be questioned. That is exactly what happened in Germany. A small faction rose to power. A small faction took over Europe and brought about the second World War. One lone group, responsible for so much havoc.
Least we forget.
That’s my point of view, and as usual, I look forward to your insights on this and all the issues of the day.
Have a great day and as usual ……………… God Bless America!