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    • Kelvin Wade

    • October 4, 2013 in Columnists

    Republican coup d’état won’t end ‘Obamacare’

    “We started out with a position that we don’t want any Obamacare… The President wants all of it. A hundred percent. I would think a compromise would be both sides come off their positions some.” —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Crazyland)

    What? What kind of through-the-looking-glass shit is that? Is he serious? Rand Paul needs a urinalysis, a CAT scan and a Rorshach test if that’s what he truly believes. His position would be fine if we were still negotiating Obamacare but we’re not debating it. It’s the law! It was passed by the House and Senate and signed by the President on March 23, 2010. For those who don’t understand what it takes for a bill to become a law please see the “I’m Just a Bill” video by Schoolhouse Rock.

    (Jimmy Kimmel demonstrated in on-the-street interviews that many Americans oppose Obamacare but support the Affordable Care Act. People, they are the same thing! Polls have always shown Americans wary of “Obamacare” but supporting all of the changes the Affordable Care Act implements. We’re paying the price for a White House that hasn’t properly sold the law, a public that can’t be bothered to educate themselves on the law and a Republican Noise Machine that has done it’s best to lie about the law.)

    Since the Affordable Care Act is law and parts of it have been in affect now for years, what are Rand Paul and the Teabagger Caucus in his party talking about? What position? It’s the law of the land. On June 28, 2012 the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law. We had a presidential race that pitted a candidate who wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act against President Obama, and Obama won by 5 million votes. The House of Representatives has voted 42 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the Senate has killed the repeal effort every single time.

    It’s the law. Get over it. And even if by some strange happenstance that the Senate voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, why would a President sign a bill repealing his own law? This is the definition of insanity. We’ve watched this House do the same thing again and again and get the exact same result. How many times are they going to let Lucy snatch that football away before they stop trying to kick it?

    There’s been a lot of heated rhetoric surrounding the government shutdown. Teapublicans in the House have been referred to as the “Suicide Caucus” by MSNBC host Joy Reid. Some have called them “terrorists,” “hostage takers,” and “Taliban,” among other unflattering terms. But this action requires the most condemning language because it’s just that egregious. Besides, in 2011, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell himself referred to the debt ceiling as a “hostage worth ransoming.” Even they know what they are.

    John Boehner is certainly in the running for the most impotent Speaker of the House in American history. He wishes he had Nancy Pelosi’s balls. He could call a vote right now and there would be enough Democratic and Republican votes to end the government shutdown with a clean bill. But he won’t because he’s terrified of the nut wing of his own party.

    And what are the effects of this Republican shutdown? Eight hundred thousand “nonessential” workers furloughed. So while they have no income coming in, their bills are still coming in.  Two million will see their paychecks delayed. Federal contractors will also begin furloughing workers. If the shutdown lasts more than two weeks, 3.6 million veterans won’t receive their disability or pensions. People who have sacrificed for this country will be asked to sacrifice again for Republican hubris.

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has been halted and in a week’s time nearly 9 million mothers and children will start to feel it. Nine million people have to figure out where their next meals are coming from while Congress gets paid to do nothing. Sixteen hundred Head Start programs offering education and nutrition to a million low income children will start closing.

    What else? The Washington Post reports that Maryland could lose $5 million a day in tax revenue. National parks are closed, as is 24 national veterans cemeteries. Investigations into job discrimination? Halted. The CDC will halt its flu vaccine program right as flu season gets underway. Some food inspections could end.

    For what? The ironic thing is that the shutdown won’t stop Obamacare. People will be made to suffer because the Republicans hate this President. This is an attempted coup d’état. This is one half of one branch of government trying to extort the Executive Branch. One half of one branch is trying to hijack the American presidency. They don’t deserve to hold the offices that they hold. How dare they walk around with American flags on their lapels. They should replace them with Jolly Rogers or Confederate battle flags.

    What will become of the republic if every time a minority party finds a law they don’t like that they shut down the government or hold the debt ceiling hostage risking the full faith and credit of the United States? The debating, arguing and negotiating is what you do before a bill becomes law. Plotting to sabotage a law, especially one that has been vetted by the Supreme Court and ratified through popular vote by the American people is un-American.

    Let’s remember these sons of bitches in 2014 and kick them out on their asses.

    • Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, I love this column! I agree with EVERY WORD! “Coup d’état” YOU NAILED IT. Our government has been overthrown!

      • Maya North

      • October 4, 2013 at 9:34 am
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      Can’t we impeach these bastards? Sue them? They put people of color in prison for years for stealing a loaf of bread. These people are stealing millions from our citizens. I say throw the book at ’em!I, too, wish I’d written this! Genius!!!

    • […] the land, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court? Didn’t we used to call this treason, or as my iPinion colleague Kelvin Wade so brilliantly summarized it, a coup d’état? Do any of the Congressional Republicans even remember how this country […]

    • !00% agree with you. All asswipes that I hope don’t get reelected ever again.

      • Kelvin

      • October 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm
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      I read this thing that David Lacy posted about WIC being cut off because of the shutdown and then I turned on the TV and saw the quote by Rand Paul. “The a President wants 100% of Obamacare.” Yeah, because it’s the law!!! It was such an asinine statement that I had to write about it. And I thought about one of my favorite columnists, Matt Taibbi. What would Matt say? He’s one of the few columnists who regularly cusses in his columns but he’s a great writer. And I just let ‘er rip.

      • Kate L.

      • October 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm
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      GREAT column, Kelvin. The right-wing insistence on couching this as some sort of bipartisan checks-and-balances debate about the ACA/Obamacare is absurd and I think it’s terrific that you lead right off with exposing the blatant absurdity.

      • Jesse

      • October 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm
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      Great column! Those asshats!

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