Voice of the People: Criminally Insane Congress

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Voice of the People by James J. DevineBy James J. Devine

On Aug.21, Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner demanding that the Republican leader use the threat of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare.

Karl Rove railed against the strategic ineptness of threatening a government shutdown and conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer dubbed Meadows and his seventy-nine like-minded conservative colleagues who added their signatures to that letter the “suicide caucus.”

Neither the Democrat-controlled Senate nor President Obama would ever support the repeal of a policy that was as hard won as the Affordable Care Act.

Incredibly, some congressional Republicans are trying to exploit the consequences of the unpopular government shutdown they created while others are basking in the glory of this miserable systemic failure.

“We’re very excited,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann. “It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.”

These 80 crackpot conservatives constitute just about one third of the 233 Republicans in the House of Representatives.

If just one quarter of the 153 remaining Republicans (those who are not criminally insane) join the 200 Democrats in the House by voting to replace Boehner as Speaker, passing a budget and acting to prevent another unnecessary fiscal crisis that irreparably harms the nation, America could get back to business tomorrow.

President Obama should tour those 80 districts to highlight the damage done by these madmen who have crippled the United States of America.

There is no rational, responsible way to justify a government shutdown.

That government of the people, by the people, for the people was instituted to secure our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Democrats need to get out in front of this issue and line up serious challengers in those 80 districts where the “suicide caucus” members come from. Even if they have to recruit candidates to challenge criminally insane congressmen in GOP primaries, it is the smart and morally right thing to do.

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