Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, September 30, 2013

NO, There are NOT “Two Sides” to the Government Shutdown Debate

WTF is up with this “liberal media” we keep hearing about?  There SHOULD be some media bias when they’re reporting on something as blatantly one-sided as the Republican Party taking 300 million hostages.  When one side is a bunch of cocksuckers and the other side is trying to act like grownups, the media should call it like it is.  They can put away their phony “objectivity” and simply refer to the government shutdown debate in terms of the cock-sucking douchebags versus the grownups.

It’s not “biased” to point out that one person is taller than the other, or that a Ferrari goes faster than an old VW van.  And there’s nothing slanted or opinionated about saying that one political party has a gun to the country’s head and the other party is trying to defuse the situation.

Enough of these “unbiased” headlines about “Finger-pointing from both sides” and “the two parties are blaming each other.”

If a would-be victim decided to fight back against a mugger, these “unbiased” reporters would say “Oh look, there’s a fight going on.”  “Now let’s be fair to both sides.  The mugger’s version of the story is _________________”

The Republican Party has become virtually disabled when it comes to winning elections or achieving their agenda through the legislative process.  They couldn’t stop the Affordable Care Act from becoming law, the Supreme Court has upheld it, and the party responsible for the Affordable Care Act trounced the GOP in the 2012 election.  And this trouncing took place in spite of the Far Right’s massive Block The Vote drive in so many swing states.  (Solution:  More voter suppression.)

The only tactic the Republican Party has left is to hold the entire country hostage.  Delay Obamacare or the global economy gets it.  In a few weeks, when the debt ceiling becomes the next hostage, it’ll be “approve the Keystone XL pipeline, delay Obamacare and suspend all EPA regulations or the country goes into freefall.”

Where does this shit end?  Why bother with this labyrinthine cumbersome legislative process at all?  It’s so much easier to just take hostages and say “Do this or the country gets it!”

After hostage-taking and blackmailing have become more commonplace and more accepted, we might all start getting in on the act; especially with local political issues.  “I have some remote-controlled explosive devices planted throughout the Civic Center.  As long as the city council votes the way I want, nobody will get hurt.”

And if you should try the above tactic, the media will be sure to tell YOUR side of the story.

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Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

I've been watching CSPAN and reading the papers and guess what, we all know it's the GOP being a big spoiled rotten brat who is throwing a fit. The GOP is willing to wreck the economy and hurt millions of people and we all see this and know it.

September 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

We now have the answer to your title question -- Who hijacked our country?

It has been hijacked by the tea party republicans with the full support of the republican leadership.

September 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

The GOP has backed itself into a corner, and I don't see this being resolved any time soon. They will continue to fight the Affordable Health Care Act because they know it will be popular enough once fully implemented that they will never be able to get rid of it.

They're desperate. Desperate times call for desperate measures. If they're desperate now, how desperate will they be when it comes time for midterm elections? Seven million people tried to enroll today... Affordable Health Care is not perfect by any means, but lots of people want it. And close to a million workers have been furloughed. Pretty soon, people are going to get fed up with the Tea Party Republicans in a big way...

October 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Life: I hope the majority of voters are smart enough to come to the same conclusion that you and I have.

Jerry: Yup, we've been hijacked by the teabaggers and the oligarchs who own them.

Snave: You're right, the Affordable Care Act is here, up and running. Every day that Obama doesn't bend over and agree to delay or defund it, millions more people are enrolling in it and wondering what the fuss was all about.

October 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Wendell Potter has an interesting prediction about the impact of the ACA. The insurance industry may very well be behind these last ditch efforts to get rid of the ACA and an act of self preservation.

Kill the for profit health insurance companies and create single payer health insurance. Now there is a win-win scenario!

October 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I've seen that prediction before. I hope it's true. Making 7-figure salaries off of people's illnesses is immoral and should be illegal. Let's get Single Payer like every other industrialized country in the world.

October 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

I'm all for single payer. In fact it is what I have now. It is the best healthcare insurance that I have ever had. It is called Medicare. I wish every American could have the same healthcare that I have. Private insurance should be relegated to the secondary market for people that want and can afford extra coverage.

October 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I'm on it too, as of last June. This is what everybody should have. Eliminate the middle man (the insurance industry) except, like you said, for people who want to pay for extra coverage.

October 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

If it is good enough for us old farts, it should be good enough for the young whipper snappers.

October 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Damn right.

October 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I'm for single-payer too, all the way. And if the ACA will ultimately lead us to it, then so much the better!

October 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I hope this particular rightwing prediction comes true. Every time some wingtard frantically wails "this will be the end of the private health insurance industry," my first thought is "Good. When?"

October 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM  

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