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Moyers On The Anti-Democratic Ultra-Right

Posted on the 10 October 2013 by Jobsanger
Moyers On The Anti-Democratic Ultra-Right As the government shutdown continues, the Republicans are trying very hard to convince the American public that the Democrats are at least partially, if not completely, to blame for it. At best, that's laughable. The Republican Party is currently being run by its most far-right members (the teabaggers), and those people are very upset that they have not only been unable to get their failed policies through Congress, but also unable to get the American electorate to go along with those policies.
And as a result of that, they decided shortly after the last election that they would shut down the government or cause it to default on its loans unless the government gave in and gave them what they wanted -- those same things they could not get through legislative action or the electoral system. It is undemocratic, and probably immoral and unconstitutional, but the ultra-right teabaggers don't care about niceties like that -- but only about getting what they want (even if that hurts the economy and the country).
Recently, respected journalist Bill Moyers had the courage to speak out on this. Here is part of what he had to say (and you can go here to read or hear his entire commentary):
And now to the people who refuse to let democracy work. The people who hate government so much they’ve shut it down. Unable to abide by the results of democracy when they don’t win, they turned on it.
Republicans have now lost three successive elections to control the Senate and they’ve lost the last two presidential elections. Nonetheless, they fought tooth and nail to kill President Obama’s health care initiative. They lost that fight, but with the corporate wing of Democrats, they managed to bend it toward private interests.
So we should be clear on this, Obamacare, as it’s known, is deeply flawed. Big subsidies to the health insurance industry. A bonanza for lobbyists. No public option. And as The New York Times reported this week, “Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law.” Largely because states controlled by Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid.
As far as our bought and paid for legislative process goes, Obama’s initiative made it through the sausage factory. Yet even after both the House and Senate approved it, the president signed it, and the Supreme Court upheld it, the Republicans keep insisting on calling the law a “bill,” thumbing their noses and refusing to accept that it is enacted legislation. . .
Once upon a time when I was a young man working on Capitol Hill, it was commonplace that when a bill became law, everybody was unhappy with it. But you didn’t bring down the government just because it wasn’t perfect. You argue and fight and vote and then, due process having been at least raggedly served, on to the next fight.
That was a long time ago. Long before the Tea Party minority, armed with huge sums of secret money from rich donors, sucked the last bit of soul from the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln. They became delusional. Then rabid. . .
Despite what they say, Obamacare is only one of their targets. Before they will allow the government to reopen, they demand employers be enabled to deny birth control coverage to female employees. They demand Obama cave on the Keystone pipeline. They demand the watchdogs over corporate pollution be muzzled, and the big, bad regulators of Wall Street sent home. Their ransom list goes on and on. The debt ceiling is next. They would have the government default on its obligations and responsibilities.
When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down, sink the ship of state, and sow economic chaos to get their way. This says it all, they even shuttered the Statue of Liberty. . .
At least let’s name this for what it is, sabotage of the democratic process. Secession by another means. And let’s be clear about where such reckless ambition leads. As surely as night must follow day, the alternative to democracy is worse.

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