Once again, the do-nothing Republicans in the U.S. Congress are making fools of themselves. Last week, they couldn’t even pass their own border-security bill. The week before that, they filed a lawsuit against President Obama, another desperately silly tactic in their ongoing war against our president.
Voting 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act didn’t work. Shutting down the government and holding ObamaCare “hostage” (that stupid stunt led by Tea Party Wiz Kid Ted Cruz) didn’t work. Voting against everything Obama and the Democrats have ever proposed didn’t bring the Republicans any glory; no, that rampant obstructionism didn’t work – isn’t working – either.
It’s tiresome to hear folks complain about that “worthless U.S. Congress.” Too many people who aren’t paying attention say things like, “They’re ALL good-for-nothings, Democrats and Republicans.” Trouble is, it’s not true. There are some hard-working Congress people trying to help solve problems and create opportunities for the American people. Even some courageous Republicans have braved right-wing reactionaries to work with Democrats and the president on some legislative efforts. However, the Frankenstein monsters the Republican Party have created – stitched-up Tea Party extremists like Ted Cruz – have pushed, pulled and stretched the party, like Turkish taffy, so far to the right its sole purpose for existing in the U.S. Congress is to squelch anything and everything the president proposes, even some that Republicans themselves had once proposed.
The only thing that unites Congressional Republicans these days is a pathological hatred of our president, who is – to them – a wicked sorcerer. They are as hysterically stirred up as the Puritan mobs and magistrates in Salem, Mass. in days of yore, looking for witches to hang. They want to un-elect the head witch. They want to cast their voodoo spells to make him disappear, fade away into the mists of history. Some day, hopefully by the mid-term elections, voters will come to understand just who are the do-nothings in Congress – the ones who belong to this cabal of anti-Obama extremists.
Stuck in their rut, wheels spinning, they spend so much time revving up futile tactics to “neutralize” Obama they obviously have no time to work on any constructive legislation. The tune they sing is “Whatever he’s for, I’m against it!”
Their lunatic lawsuit against Obama is just the latest example of nonsense brought to us, at our expense, by the Do-Nothing Party. The suit is based on the fact Obama has issued executive orders, in particular executive orders that delayed some provisions of his signature Affordable Care Act. What’s laughable is that they are the very same delays that were earlier demanded by vociferous Republican critics of the health-care plan. Go figure; they have no shame.
Even though Obama has issued far fewer executive orders than presidents Reagan and Bush II, radical right-wingers are accusing him of breaking the law by issuing such orders, thumbing his nose at the U.S. Constitution and acting like an imperial lawbreaker. The president has been compared, stupidly, to every villain in history, from Nero to Hitler. Our very own Rep. Michele Bachmann has been the shrill cheerleader for those wacky accusations to justify a lawsuit. They’re hollow charges that have no place in the realm of common sense, much less in a court of law. As Obama has said, with mordant irony, if Republicans had even tried slightly to work with him, these executive orders would not be necessary.
Of course, according to the Tea Party playbook, Obama is responsible for anything bad that happens. It’s all his fault – the killings in Benghazi, Syrian civilian massacres, Russian interference in Ukraine, lack of respect for the United States, illegal immigration, sluggish economic forces, the use of food stamps, contraception, well . . . you name it. If that sounds silly, it is, because the president has been accused by Tea Party crazies like silly Sarah Palin of exactly those things – and more. By the mid-term elections, we’ll be hearing laments that Obama is responsible for droughts, forest fires, floods and disasters in general.
Once their loony-tune lawsuit falls flat on its face, these witch-hunters can try yet another tactic they’ve promised for years – impeachment. Covering all bases, they can impeach the president for – among other high crimes and misdemeanors – causing bad weather, total eclipses and incoming asteroids.