We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is." -- Tea Party Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana) offering characteristically definitive insight explaining his vote last week to shut down the government.
"You should be ashamed of yourself." -- Tea Party Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) addressing a young female park ranger forced to turn back visitors at Washington's World War II Memorial something for which Neugebauer had voted and was responsible.
"He has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity" ... Tea Party Congressman Trent Franks (R-Arizona), speaking of our president.
The inmates are not only running the asylum, they're forcefully ruining it.
Any assessment by political poseurs that the shutdown was a consequence of failing to negotiate and compromise completely ignores the stark reality that a handful of bitter, spiteful Obama-haters have successfully leveraged themselves into a command position by fanciful fabrication, skillful manipulation and raw intimidation.
President Obama defined everything succinctly in addressing a Maryland construction company gathering Thursday morning when he called for a simple up or down vote in the House on an already approved Senate Bill that would end the impasse. The president said House Speaker John Boehner could reopen the government and send 800,000 people back to work "in just five minutes," rightfully declaring that Boehner "doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went even further condemning Boehner's refusal to yield to reason, openly calling him "a coward." Reid also insisted that Boehner was reneging on a prior promise to facilitate a continuing resolution to fund the government without partisan strings attached.
But the Tea Party isn't interested in simple strings. They want a hangman's noose around ObamaCare.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was approved by both houses of Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010. That was three and a half years ago.
Since that time, the essential features were reviewed and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.
Running against an opponent who dramatically promised to "end ObamaCare, the president easily won re-election on Nov. 6, 2012 by trouncing Mitt Romney in the Electoral College 332 to 206 defeating the former governor of Massachusetts by more than five million votes.
The American people have surely spoken.
But the House of Representatives refused to listen, even though there were almost two million more votes for Democratic House candidates than Republicans nationwide in 2012, but GOP redistricting through state gerrymandering resulted in a Republican House Majority of 234 to 201 in the 113th Congress and has led us to where we are.
And where will you be this weekend?
Mountain Democrats hope you'll be spending some time at the 2013 Oakhurst Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Oakhurst Community Park. Stop by our booth to say "Hi" and ask any questions you might have about "ObamaCare." We'll have answers available and/or information directing you to reliable sources.
We happen to believe The Affordable Care Act is an excellent start on providing what every other country in the entire developed world has enjoyed except us until now.
It's good for you and long overdue.
Like fine wine and tasty chocolates.