So here’s my humdinger of an idea.
Let’s replace the bloody, fecking idjits in the United States Congress with a ragtag bunch of scab replacements.
Let’s pick a stellar bunch of misfits, lock ’em up in one of the Chambers (doesn’t matter…House or Senate…makes no never-mind), pipe in some Diana Ross and get them to all start dancing.
Maybe, just maybe, we might stand a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving this impending debacle. (Though methinks the word “debacle” has perchance become a bit overused of late. Perhaps we should find a different thesaurus-enhanced dictionary entry to describe our present circumstance.)
NOW. Lest you think that I’ve become all libertarian-minded, have drunk the libertarian water, or started smoking whatever it is the libertarians might be smoking, let me assure you that I honestly do not think the esteemed President O, nor the Democrats in the Senate or the House, are responsible for the current state of affairs. (Another trite and hackneyed phrase, my apologies.)
But…as it was ever so sweetly pointed out to me last week, there is a slight chance that perhaps I may at times tend toward the vitriol. And so, in all fairness, I thought my idea might be met with more acceptance if I lumped all members of Congress in together, not just the Republicans.
Though, to be completely honest, truthful and above-board, I lay the blame for what may happen in 24 hours solely at the feet of the Republican members of Congress who do not seem to be able to understand two important points.
1. The Affordable Care Act was voted into law. It’s a done deal. It was then upheld as law by the Supreme Court of the United States of America. It is currently funded. It’s funding will NOT be affected by a government shutdown. The citizens of the United States of America overwhelmingly voted last November to re-elect a man who helped to create this law and overwhelmingly rejected the challenger who said his first act as President would be to dismantle said law. So to me that means that the overwhelming majority of Americans want the ACA. Period. Stop screwing around with it and wasting untold millions, maybe billions, of dollars trying to repeal it, remove it, delay it or stomp on it.
2. The debt ceiling, which is the next teeny, eensy, tiny, itty, bitty, little battle that is looming and which is tied to the imminent shutdown of the government (and possibly the economy) does not have a thing to do with future spending. The money has already been spent. By the Congress. NOT by the President. By the Congress. The debt ceiling will pay our bills. It will not authorize more spending. Do the members of Congress who don’t want the debt ceiling raised not pay their own bills? Or do they instead understand the importance of paying the bills for the things you’ve already spent your money on?
So flippin’ confusing. I swear I just cannot fathom how there is such a chasm between two ideologically different groups of people? To me, the above two facts are plain and simple. And not rocket science.
But it seems that to others, the above is akin to fascism, socialism, druidism, paganism, you-name-it-ism. Sorry, got a bit carried away there.
I fear I simply must stop writing. It is late. I am like the babbling brook, babbling merrily along. Knowing not where I may end up, but simply meandering along, spitting out words as I go.
So I leave you with the words of Diana Ross. Interesting reference in the second verse about being back from outer space. Because you know…that’s exactly where it seems the Republican party has been hanging out lately…outer flipping space.
“At first I was afraid, I was petrified Kept thinkin’ I could never live without you by my side Then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong And I grew strong and I learned how to get along
And so you’re back from outer space I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face Should have changed that stupid lock I should have made you leave your key If I had known for just one second you’d be back to bother me
Go on now, go walk out the door Just turn around now ‘coz you’re not welcome anymore Weren’t you the one who tried to break me with goodbye? Did you think I’d crumble, did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh no not I, I will survive For as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive I’ve got all my life to live and I’ve got all my love to give I’ll survive, I will survive, hey hey
(I, I will survive) Hey hey (I, I will survive) Every day (I, I will survive) Oh yeah