I started working on this post last night in a frenzy of crazy. Today, I realize that none of it matters, because, well, of the crazy.
Maybe crazy is harsh. Confused. Yes, that’s what it is. A certain segment of our population is badly confused, and, worse, has no earthly idea that they are. In fact, they are 200 percent convinced that they’re right, and there is nothing — absolutely nothing — that anyone can say to shake that conviction.
They are the true believers. They believe that they, and ONLY they, know what’s best for this country. They know beyond a shadow of a doubt that anyone who thinks otherwise is anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-right. This is why, when they hold protests, you’ll see signs about taking back “our country”. It’s why so many of them call for the impeachment of the president at every opportunity (or not) — they, and ONLY they, know what is constitutional and what is not. The president, not.
And because of this conviction, they know with absolutely certainty that anything that looks as though it might counter their beliefs is a lie, a conspiracy, a trick, a deception aimed at defeating the pure, almighty America, god’s chosen country. Because their opponents are godless, evil, socialist and bent on destroying this great country of ours.
The media keeps asking, was it worth it? My answer is that it is always worth it to do the right thing. Fighting against an abusive government in defense of protecting our individual rights and freedoms is always the right thing … In Washington, victories are rarely immediate and very few are permanent. Obamacare wasn’t enacted overnight and it won’t be repealed overnight. We must remind the American people of the harmful effects of this law at every opportunity. – Sen Mike Lee, TP-Utah
How do you argue with that? You don’t. You can’t. And besides, there is a slim possibility they’re right. I doubt it, but I’m not nearly as convinced of my rightness as they are of theirs. This is the main difference, as far as I can see.
They don’t get it. They think they do. This, of course, is why they’re dangerous.
I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare. – Sen Ted Cruz, TP-Texas
So, when I started writing, I was a little crazed myself. Close to being angry, in fact, and one thing I know helps with the crazy anger is writing about it. This is what I wrote:
As I write this, Sen Ted Cruz, Tea Party-Texas, is on the Senate floor decrying the deal the Senate is about to pass reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling (for now: We’ll be doing this again soon). Imagine if Senate Republicans had stood with their House brethren, the Canadian-born Cruz says (and I say that not to denigrate Canadians but to point out that, unlike President Obama, Ted Cruz was actually born outside the country to an American citizen, making him an American citizen, like the president, who was actually born inside the United States to an American citizen).
Ted is unhappy with his Senate colleagues, y’see, because most of them wouldn’t stand with his terrorist, hostage-taking tactics aimed solely at messing with the Affordable Care Act, because that is what the rich benefactors of the Tea Party wanted him to do. If only those GOP senators hadn’t been firing cannons at House Teahadists, he wails, this woulda worked.
Meanwhile, the cannon fodder House GOP members, earlier today, whined that it was all the liberal media’s fault that they failed in their whole attempt to hold the country’s good faith and credit for ransom, in return for the dismantling of the ACA.
They didn’t want to completely dismantle it, they said, forgetting that they’ve voted 40 times to do just that. All they wanted was a one-year delay in the individual mandate in return for keeping the government open, which is, of course, their job. Said Tea Party Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho:
“But what we were asking for, our position from the beginning, was exchanging a one-year CR for a one-year delay of Obamacare. That was something we thought both sides were giving on something.”
Except that’s not even true. They started out demanding that the act be completely defunded, not realizing that it was already funded and they couldn’t exactly do that. Smart guys, these Tea Party folks. I don’t know about you, but if I’d run for Congress without knowing a damn thing about how it worked, I’d probably not run. But that’s just me. Apparently not being the sharpest tool in the shed is a good thing to some of these folks, who tend to call educated people elitists.
Now, I know some of them are very educated too. But apparently they missed some of the lessons on civics and common sense. But then, that’s why Tea Party instigators like Heritage and Freedom Works like them so much. They can just say whatever they want (death panels) and nobody’s the wiser.
So Labrador and his buddies kept going on and on about how they only wanted to be fair by giving individuals the same one-year delay that administration had already given businesses., which, incidentally, was something else the Tea Party supported.
See? If you can’t repeal the whole thing, just do it in pieces. Clever.
But back to Labrador. He said the media was “lying to the American people” every time they said the Tea Party wanted to repeal the law, because those 40 times before don’t count since they didn’t work.
Apparently, that’s why all those polls showed such a sharp drop in support for Republicans, and the Tea Party in particular. Unless of course those polls were biased. Cruz said they were.
“I’ll note that that poll was very heavily weighted with an awful lot of Democrats with an awful lot of Obama supporters,” he said of one poll, despite the fact that its demographics matched those of the country. It’d have been much different if they’d talked to more Tea Party enthusiasts, who are dropping like flies now that it’s obvious they don’t know what they’re doing.
But don’t worry, Ted. This’ll all be forgotten come the next fight. You’ll get another shot. Maybe it’ll even work, because if there’s one thing my illustrious colleagues in the Washington press corps can’t stand, it’s being told they’re biased, even if they were just telling the truth.
They’ll have that worked out by the next vote.
After rereading that today, I realized it just didn’t matter. And besides, the crazy anger was gone, replaced by utter sadness. Sad that we (including me) are still caught up in a prehistoric “us vs. them” mentality instead of a more primordial “all”. Sad that some folks are more than willing to lie, that others are so confused they hold on to any theory, no matter how ridiculous, as long as it allows them to cling to their beliefs. Sad that we don’t appear to have learned a damn thing from any of this.
Absolutely, I think [the shutdown and debt ceiling fight were] worth it! It’s been worth it because what we did is we fought the right fight. – Rep Michele Bachmann, TP-Minnesota
Maybe I’m being overly pessimistic. Maybe a few more fine folks now know how extortion works, and that bullying is no way for a Congress to operate.
If that’s not true, the next time will be even worse.