From Daily Kos -- JUL 07, 2011:
The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire: Republican Priority Number 1 & The Strategy of Political Nihilism
By Dr Rhymes
When Senator Mitch McConnell announced, before the 2010 mid-terms, that priority Number #1 for Republicans was making Barack Obama a one-term president (a sentiment that has been echoed by other congressional Republicans), he gave us the prism through which most, if not all, Republican action has to be viewed. In an economic calamity unlike anything we’ve seen in about six decades, President Obama, not the American people, was and is their focus.
Your home is in foreclosure Mr. Smith? Sorry, we can’t help you; we have a president to defeat. Lost your job Ms. Jones? We can’t be bothered with a jobs program because easing your pain might win him votes. Medical bills stacking up Mr. Williams; Mrs. Carter? Obamacare may be the right answer for you, but it doesn’t do a thing for us. They are impervious to human suffering; they are unyielding in the face of catastrophic American need.
The song from which I plucked the title of this piece, has a line that says: We don’t need no water, let the __ burn (I’ll let you fill in the blank). This most aptly describes the sentiments expressed by this present band of congressional Republicans. The roof, that is the debt ceiling, doesn’t need to be raised... let the economy burn. And if it is to be raised it will only be after the President pays a steep price---and the currency used will be the backs of the poor, working and middle class of this nation.
Yes, I understand that the defeat of your political rivals is always an objective (and a tacit understanding that it is the objective), but in hard economic times, record joblessness, a pandemic of home foreclosures and three on-going military conflicts, easing the pain and suffering of the American people should have been priority number one. In a situation that cries out for statesmen and stateswomen, we are left with hypocritical partisans.
There appears to be no equivalent of Coach Yoast in current Republican circles, whose love for country trumps any disdain they have for President Obama. Yes, failing the nation, to them, pales in comparison to ensuring the failure of this president and the lives that are damaged in the process are deemed irrelevant collateral damage.
Is it only in the movies that we get to see someone, anyone, take a stand, even to the detriment of their own political self-interests, for the greater good? No, there doesn’t seem to be one Yoast in this Washington crowd of Republicans. Nevertheless, regardless of what happens in this present debt ceiling debate, what would it say about us as a nation if this nihilistic approach to governance is affirmed by winning more congressional seats and, dare I say, the White House?
Granted, for far too many times this President has acquiesced and capitulated to the demands of the Grand Obstruction Party, which doesn't generate much devotion from those who have supported him. Although I recognize the extremely difficult position he is in dealing with a party that is the 21st century equivalent of kamikaze pilots, he still appears to begin negotiations to the right of Alan They're-Sucking-On-The Teats-Of-Government Simpson. This simply is unacceptable and he will have to address that.
Maybe within Washington DC it is nearly impossible to come to some sort of understanding with a group that doesn't care who they hurt en route to obtaining their stated priority number one. I won't be holding my breath waiting for a moment of Yoast-like honesty and courage on the part of any Republican in our nation's capital.
There is a script to be written, however, by the irrelevant collateral damage, if you will, where this sort of arrogance and indifference is confronted at the polls and in the streets. Perhaps feeling the impact of the game being stolen from us and our long-suffering fellow-citizens, by a heartless crew, is just what we needed. Making sure that those who are tilting an already uneven playing field yet further are deprived of the opportunity of continuing to do so, should be high on our priority list.