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GOP Playground Politics

“What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.”

Albert Einstein, Nobel Laureate in Physics.

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician and statesman, and 32nd President of the United States.

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and poet whose influence on Western literary, political, and philosophical thought.

“It is sad to witness the persistence in our society of the racism and xenophobia that seems to be a permanent part of our political culture. It is shameful to see politicians exploiting these human weaknesses in order to gain political power. It is most depressing of all to contemplate a future in which politicians who do this will continue to have influence over people’s lives.”

Allen W. Wood, American philosopher.

“Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.”

Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican bishop, and theologian.

“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”

Bertrand Russell, British mathematician, philosopher, and public intellectual.


Introduction

GOP Playground Politics

GOP playground politics once again places the nation at risk of defaulting on its credit responsibilities. Such irresponsible behavior damages the full faith and credit of the United States of America, the same nation the Radical Republicans took an oath to serve and protect. All this because the House Freedom Caucus insists that border security not be tied to legitimate asylum seekers and a clear road to citizenship. It is questionable if border security is as bad as these idealogues claim it is. It is noteworthy that the Freedom Caucus focuses only on the Southern border and not our open border with Canada. Can this be a new form of racist xenophobia? One need not go far to make such a case.

GOP playground politics: Reckless Posturing

In the tumultuous world of American politics, a concerning game of brinkmanship is unfolding. The specter of a government shutdown looms large. The root cause, however, is not a lack of viable solutions. Rather the reckless posturing of radical House Republicans is akin to playground bullies flexing their political muscle.

Speaker Mike Johnson, having hammered out a spending deal with Senate Majority Leader Schumer, now grapples with internal dissent within his party. The House Freedom Caucus, embodying the role of political bullies, is pushing Johnson to abandon the agreed-upon budget. This internal rebellion highlights the growing divide within the GOP. It truly underscores the Speaker’s struggle to maintain control over his caucus.

GOP playground politics: Irresponsible Behavior

The irresponsibility of these radical Republicans becomes apparent when examining their demands. They advocate for spending cuts without presenting a clear plan. Using. immigration restrictions to their agenda and even risking a government shutdown as a bargaining chip. Representative Bob Good’s bold suggestion to embrace a shutdown for the sake of spending cuts is an unpatriotic move. Revealing a dangerous willingness to disregard the far-reaching consequences such a move would entail.

This internal rebellion bears an unsettling resemblance to past events that led to the ousting of Johnson’s predecessor, Kevin McCarthy. The fragility of GOP unity is laid bare, with conservatives openly challenging the authority of the Speaker. The party’s leadership faces a formidable challenge in maintaining cohesion and presenting a united front.

GOP playground politics: Minority Control

While some within the party advocate for stringent spending cuts, others warn of the inevitable political fallout. Representative Kelly Armstrong aptly points out the unfavorable optics: a Republican-led House unable to effectively govern. The internal struggle is palpable, with no clear consensus on the path forward.

The chaos unfolding within the GOP is not lost on Democrats, who express incredulity at the party’s apparent inability to govern effectively. Representative Rosa DeLauro questions the Republicans’ fundamental understanding of the governing process, highlighting the alarming desire among some members to willingly shut down the government.

The Speaker’s attempts to appease hard-liners by considering alternative plans only add to the confusion. The House Freedom Caucus itself lacks unity on a specific strategy, creating further complications and casting doubt on the Speaker’s ability to corral his caucus effectively.

GOP Momentary Victory

In the end, the radical Republicans, epitomized by figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene, may claim temporary victories in forcing concessions, but the collateral damage is the nation’s stability. The government, akin to a chaotic playground, becomes a battleground for political egos, leaving ordinary citizens to bear the brunt of this political irresponsibility.

As the nation watches this political playground spectacle unfold, a pressing question emerges: Can Speaker Johnson regain control and steer the party away from this perilous path, or will the radical Republicans persist in their game, seemingly oblivious to the potentially dire consequences? Only time will tell, but the stakes are undeniably high, and the nation deserves better than this disconcerting political circus.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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