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Dear Republicans in Congress,

I see you have decided that re-election in your little ideological enclaves trumps sound economic policy for the nation. Apparently, you're more likely to be worried about a primary challenge than about the consequences of bad governing. Maybe you claim to hate government, but you sure do want to hang on to your job!

This explains a lot. Even though the president began by meeting you halfway, you won't budge, because you just can't seem to see beyond your own next campaign. You evidently have no conception of the greater good. You may be a flag-waving zealot, but that doesn't mean you'll stand up for the nation you claim to love, or say "Boo!" to the corporate and plutocrat sponsors who put you in office in the first place.

What do you care about recession--it hasn't touched your super-wealthy friends, so why should you care? Your friends own the damn sandbox, and we'd be crazy to expect them to let their little puppets (ie, you) talk about playing nice, let alone making room for a few other kids. The job of the factotum is to protect the big man. And that's what you do.

'Tis the season of selfishness, it seems. Here we are, as a nation, teetering on the brink of the fiscal cliff. You've got your orders. Money, money, money, is all that matters. Don't give back to the nation that supports and nurtures businesses. Don't pay for the infrastructure that gets products to market. Don't support higher education for a trained workforce. Don't provide for the unemployed, the elderly, the sick. Money is the god you serve.

How foolish of us to expect you, as GOP members of Congress--you who have proudly declared your opposition to the principle that those who have gained the most should give back to the country--how naive we were to hope (or even fantasize about the remote possibility) that you might stand tall, have a spine at all, think about your neighbors, let alone your nation. Obviously you bow at the altar of Money. That's all you serve.

Oh, and that little oath you recited when taking office, to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office" to which you were elected? To represent the people?  You've got that figured out. You've decided that you best represent the people by doing nothing! Yes, all of us pay you a nice salary, and sterling health benefits, to do nothing. To obstruct the business of government!

And, maybe, to destroy the credit of the nation you claim to serve.

ps, OK, my title might suggest a different diary. But I knew as I began typing how useless it would be to ask you to take the principled position, to stand for the country, for the ordinary people who fully expect you to do what's right. I no longer expect you to grow up. I just want you to know that I see you for who you really are.

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  •  Once upon a time (9+ / 0-)

    there were a few grown-ups in the GOP, who could see beyond their own nameplate and understood the enormous responsibility of their office.

    Sadly, that seems no longer to be the case.

    I don't really know what we'll find at the bottom of the fiscal cliff. But it's the GOP who's willfully, arrogantly and heedlessly driving us down there.

    •  all depends upon the spin (0+ / 0-)

      What side will the mainstream media take as to who to blame for this fiasco?  Last year it seemed to be a tie but this year it will depend on who the editors think will be the winner.  We know the loser:  US.

  •  I've given up on the current (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    political junquie

    lot of Republican elected officials.  The only thing that will save them is non-elected wanna-be's with courage.

  •  Note to Republicans: (2+ / 0-)
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    The grouch, rubyduby7

    Go fuck yourselves.

    Fixed.

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:18:11 PM PST

  •  Adopt a correct perspective on the Tea Party (0+ / 0-)

    members of the House. The Tea Party members of the House of Representatives are the natural evolution of the decades old Republican obsession with reducing the SIZE of the federal government. Former Democrat Ronald Reagan sang that mantra louder than anybody when he initially ran for president as the Republican nominee. When Ronald Reagan was championing the concept of reduced taxes and smaller government, it was from the perspective that the federal government had become bloated with costly inefficient programs and the entire nation would benefit if these wasteful programs could be reduced or eliminated. As an example, Reagan certainly did not want to eliminate the  Department of Welfare; rather he wanted his base to believe that as president he would conduct a full crackdown on welfare cheats, which he embodied in his widely circulated depiction of the Cadillac driving African- American "Welfare Queen".

    Over the years since Reagan, every crop of Republican candidates have religiously followed Reagan's political message, and each suceeding group strove to articulated the idea of "cutting the government" in increasingly severe language, exceeding that the preceeding group of candidates. Fast forward to the current day, and the Tea Party candidates battle cry against the "monster" in the form of the federal government is one so steeped in hate and disdain that the Tea Partiers sole ambition has become the complete destruction of the federal government. In fact the 82 new Tea Party members elected to the House in 2010 should be rightly called "ELECTED ANARCHISTS"as this term is more correctly aligned with their openly professed ideology. These Tea Party members want the federal government destroyed regardless of the consequences or the danger to the nation. Therefore they have already demonstrated that they are not holding a seat in the House for the purpose of Governing the Nation's business, rather they are holding their seat in the House to inflict as much damage on the Government as possible. A complete government shutdown due to the fact that government spending has exceeded the current debt ceiling limit would be just fine with them, and they would fiercely oppose any proposal that would allow the government to resume normal operations.

    It should be noted that these Tea Party fanatics in the House have been using very clear direct threats against non-Tea Party Republicans in the House to enlarge their circle of influence beyond the core Tea Party caucus. These very open thrests to "primary" those Republicans who get out of line have been very successful so far, and has allowed the Tea Party caucus to exceed the power of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner.  This was demonstrated last week by the Speaker's Plan "B" legislation which the Spaeker was forced to withdraw because he was unable to secure a sufficient number of votes from his own Republican caucus to pass his plan.

    The only solution that I see to the current problem in the House of Representatives is for Congress to pass legislation that would call for immediate dismissal of any member WHO THREATENS another member in any form or fashion for the purpose of coercion of that member's vote. The same legislative Bill should also provide for trial provisions for any elected Congressional member who professes an ideology which that calls for the pernicious destruction of the federal government. I am aware that such legislation must be carefully crafted to prevent it for being used for purposes other than its original intention.

    Finally, I don't know but it seems that when an elected official takes the oath to protect and serve the federal government and it can be proven that after taking that oath that they openly advocate for the destruction or abolition of the federal government - that such persons should be held for criminal proscution in federal court. In most European countries an individual can be arrested for publically articulating ANARCHIST ideology, nevermind someone sitting in the government with such views.  

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