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Monday, October 14, 2013

What Usually Happens in a Hostage Situation

As most people agree, Tea Party Republicans in Congress have taken the entire country hostage.  Defund Obamacare or the country gets it.  Approve our rightwing agenda NOW — everything we couldn’t achieve through the legislative process — or the global economy goes into freefall.

In some of history’s most famous hostage crises, the hostage-takers have demanded a certain large sum of money and a one-way plane ticket out of the country.  Maybe the teabaggers would take an offer like that.  The thirty or forty teajobs in the House who are behind this current hostage situation — would it be worth paying them to leave the country?  For that matter, is there any other country in the world that would actually want those douchebags?

In any case, hostage-takers sometimes get their wish — whether it’s money, a guaranteed escape or whatever.  Other times, however, it doesn’t go quite as well.

Nope.  The best laid plans…

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

No question about it, you're taking a huge gamble when you take hostages for any reason. Plutocrats and their useful idiots don't seem to understand this.

October 15, 2013 at 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

This is a completely horrible situation. It cannot be allowed to work, or democracy as we know it is no more.

Regardless of where a person stands politically, the country elects a leader such as a President, senator, or whatever. In this case, Obama was overwhelmingly elected, then overwhelmingly re-elected; the American people HAVE spoken. For that ignorant piece of shit Boehner to say that the American people are with the tea party and against Obama and the ACA is just more lies.

My devout hope is that this is the end for the Republican party, for the foreseeable future. Please, everybody, speak up by helping the Democrats take back the House. Get these teaparty extremists OUT. Let the Republicans see that their gerrymandering and grandstanding are not acceptable.

October 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Neighbor said...

Great post, Tom. Thanks for making the points that need to be made. :)

October 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As we watch Republicans scramble to refund some things like Military Death Benefits (which they opposed 60 years ago), it brings to light that people are finally (again) realizing what the Government really means to them yet keep voting in guys who want to "get rid of it!" (while collecting a paycheck of course).

I mean they finally have their wet dream Government that's getting smaller everyday and now they're scrambling to bring it back.

Not that I expect things to change, as soon as things get back to normal they'll talk again about drowning it in the bathtub.


October 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Circle Boy said...

Let's throw the teaparty turds out in '14!

Hell, let's throw as many as possible out this November.

October 15, 2013 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: That's right, they took a gamble, and gamblers always win or lose. They need to lose big.

SM: You're exactly right. What these 30 teabag extremists want is not democracy, it's a coup d'etat. Assuming they won't succeed, they should suffer the same fate that usually befalls a group that tries to overthrow their own government.

Neighbor: Thanks.

Erik: Yup, teabaggers hate the government except when there's something in it for them. A perfect example is right here where I live. Olympic National Park is closed during the shutdown. Rightwingers usually hate national parks. That land should be owned by a private owner who could mine it, log it, build his own multi-billion dollar luxury resort, etc. But now suddenly it's a huge tragedy that Olympic National Park is closed, and of course it's all Obama's fault.

CB: Good riddance to the tea party turds.

October 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

About all the Republican party has to do to absolutely torpedo itself now is for the House to engage in more antics like these in January and February.

I expect them to start talking more about "impeachment" pretty soon here... they're going to try to pull out all the stops.

But whatever they try to do, there is a limit to the amount of that kind of stuff the voting public will tolerate. America has probably reached that saturation point by now. Anything else the teafolks try, as long as they don't succeed at it, is "gravy" for the left.

Let's clean the "tea partiers" out of the House next year.

October 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I was hoping they'd make a longer-lasting agreement than just the next 3 or 4 months. But presumably the GOP would suffer the same torpedoing from the public if they pull this same shit again in 3 months. I hope the public has finally reached a saturation point with this dictatorship of a minority within a minority. And we definitely need to un-teabag the House next year.

October 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM  

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