John Judis: Republicans Are Insurrectionists

Over at The New Republic John Judis has called out the Republicans for what they are, and it ain’t pretty. The remarks come in the midst of an analysis of President Obama’s confusion about what comprises courage and what comprises compromise. It should be obvious by now to anyone with three live brain cells that Obama lacks courage and has no clue about the skills of compromise. But on the Republicans, here’s Judis:

Over the last four decades, the Republican Party has transformed from a loyal opposition into an insurrectionary party that flouts the law when it is in the majority and threatens disorder when it is the minority. It is the party of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but also of the government shutdown in 1995 and the impeachment trial of 1999. If there is an earlier American precedent for today’s Republican Party, it is the antebellum Southern Democrats of John Calhoun who threatened to nullify, or disregard, federal legislation they objected to, and who later led the fight to secede from the union over slavery.

Today, Republicans are threatening a government shutdown and an international monetary crisis over raising the debt ceiling. They have demanded a set of ruinous concessions as a condition for raising the ceiling. These conditions would include draconian budget cuts at a time when economic growth has virtually stalled—it grew a mere 0.9 percent the first half of this year—because of the exhaustion of the 2009-10 government stimulus. To gain Tea Party votes, House Speaker John Boehner set another condition for raising the debt ceiling again in six months: the passage by the House and Senate of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. An amendment of this kind would make it impossible for the federal government to reverse economic downturns. The Republicans are, in effect, demanding a major constitutional change in return for not shutting down the government and undermining the American economy. That’s insurrectionary behavior.

No argument here. The Republicans are elitist scum, out to destroy the country for no reason other than to feather their own nest. Too bad they don’t understand that they’re crapping in their own nest too.



15 Responses

  1. Why are the Democrats the loyal opposition? Name calling and playing the blame game will not accomplish anything. More envy, jealousy and hate.


  2. One word, O Grumpy one: “Duh” 😉


    • Isn’t that the past pluperfect tense of “D’oh”?


      • Hell if I know. When did you become a grammarian, comrade? Hobby after the Minsk debacle?


        • So you’re still hostile about Hobby? I don’t know why. She always spoke highly of you, especially after we smoked a couple of pipes together. And Minsk was certainly in no way her fault. She was just an innocent bedstander… umm… bystander.


          • I knew it!! I always had a feeling she was the reason why you never made it to the location. Now you confirmed it. And she was never reprimanded for Minsk. Looks like you took the fall for her.


            • Probably. But OMG what fun we had while falling! She still sends me a card on Valentine’s Day. Or whatever passes for Valentine’s Day over there. She’s apparently one of the suits in the upper echelons of their organization now.


  3. At least you’re somewhat honest now. Hmm. I think she got that position from being in certain positions.


    • It’s a truism that you have to take a position in order to get anything done, and it helps to be flexible.


      • And you have to really work hard to come…in this world.


        • There are others? Or is this that stuff about Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and Idiots are from Earth?


          • Of course there are others. Always. And they’re ready to replace your precious Hobby. Especially the ones from Venus


            • Well, since I haven’t seen Hobby since our Minsk adventure…


            • Mm hmm. So you don’t care what happens to her. Well, she’s a big girl (literally), so she should know that she can be replaced by a newer, younger, Venusian.


            • Absolutely. It’s the way of the world. In a Minskian-Venusian sort of way.

              And of course I care what happens to her – but the fact that she leads a division of top-secret special forces intelligence agents does sort of suggest that she can take care of herself. And really, she wasn’t that big. It was all muscle. Do you know that she could… umm… well, maybe when we meet for our next mission I’ll tell you – after all, this is a familyish blog.


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