John Boehner's Might-Have-Beens
One week and counting. Can you remember when this country was a pretty nice place to live in? I can. While its complete and utter destruction may be a tragic thing for some of you to behold, I find myself looking for - and finding with no effort - scads of unintentional giggles. I never dreamed that America's political apocalypse would be so much fun to behold - and yet it is! Who'd have thought?
|The Great Belushi|
It should be said for the record (and I'm not the first to say it) that any political party that would bring the country they profess to love so well to the economic precipice - as the Republicans have cheerfully done more than once - needs to be relabeled. In his New York Times column this morning, Frank Bruni cautions any of us who would be quick to make Nazi analogies. True, this is not 1938 and John Boehner is certainly no Adolf Hitler. But it cannot be denied that the Republican party is devolving into something perfectly dreadful. While they have a long way to go before they can be rationally compared to the Third Reich, it must be conceded that the "Grand Old Party" is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And were he to rise from the dead at midnight tonight, it takes not a smidgeon of imagination to conclude that old Jeff Davis would find himself right at home in today's GOP. Debate that point all you want.
They keep referring to "Obamacare" (they don't dare call it by it's real name, Affordable Care) as a bill. It's not a bill - it's a law that has been passed and upheld by the Supreme Court. And yet they have shut this nation down rather than see that people of modest means get the healthcare they so desperately need and desire. Ain't that a hoot?
Which brings me back the Speaker of the House. He's got to cave eventually, he hasn't any other choice. It's too late for an honorable way out of this mess. That opportunity has come and gone. The longer the government shutdown goes on, the worse it gets for the Republicans. It won't be the Democrats who pay the ultimate political price for this fiasco - count on it. A recent poll suggests that seventy-two percent of the American people put the blame for what is happening at the feet of the GOP. In the days to come that number is not going to get any better.
How long do you think it will take until the fools in Ted Cruz's district - the same ones who at this minute are cheering him on - get down on their knees and scream for the "gub'ment" to be turned back on? Sure, give them the right wing paradise of their twisted fantasies, and watch in glee (call it schadenfreude if you must) as their once-great nation sinks into an ideological and economic cesspool. Molly Ivins once called her native Texas "the national laboratory for bad government". Since the place is so dysfunctional and mismanaged, few states in this deranged union are more reliant on government handouts than the Lone Star State. As long as the government shutdown is in effect that cash won't be coming in. I suspect that neither Ted nor his dimwitted constituency have thought this one through. A lot of them will suffer needlessly. This should get quite amusing.
John Boehner's one chance to be a hero has passed. He will not have his moment on the mountaintop. Whatever move he makes at this point will be seen for what it obviously is - sheer desperation. He said earlier this week that this latest Washington meltdown "isn't a damn game". He's wrong, of course. It is a game - it's a game he is losing.
Strange days indeed. Isn't this a time?
In the little epilogue at the end of the Belushi film, Animal House, it is revealed that his character, the beer guzzling, food-fighting, Bluto Blutowsky, would go on to become a United States senator. If only that were true. I know he'd have been an improvement when compared to much of what we have today. For the record: Nearly thirty-two years after his passing, I still miss John Belushi.
A couple of weeks ago I suggested that Long Island representative Peter King would be smart if he bolted the GOP. According to a report on the Irish Central website posted this morning he is now threatening to do just that. Here's a link to read it:
Do you suppose he reads "The Rant"? Wishful thinking, I know.
by THE BLUES BROTHERS, BABY!
Can it actually be thirty-two years?
Enjoy this perfect autumn morn.