When a segment of a country’s population overthrows a president or his/her counterpart, whether elected or not, it’s called a coup.
I never expected to see such a thing in America, but a segment of our population appears to be trying to do just that (albeit and surprisingly without violence), so here it might be called an “ideological revolution.”
Never mind that our president is not a dictator, that a significant proportion of the country elected and re-elected him, and approve of what he has tried to accomplish, including implementing the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans often speak of “the people,” as if they are the only true Americans. They are wrong. Democrats are dismissed as wrongheaded and anti-American, and as if what we think and want is immaterial.
From President Obama’s inauguration to the present, Republicans have publicly and voraciously attempted to defeat practically everything he has wanted to do. Despite the overt hostility, he met with Republicans to seek common ground and found that they sought not common ground, but the ground. Like a child who whines, “you never listen!” when a parent has in fact listened and didn’t buy their argument, they insist Obama won’t budge.
Now thousands of Americans are paying the price for their intransigence. Those who voted to shut down the government will not personally experience any pain, but to thousands of Americans it causes great hardship.
For many, missing a paycheck can leave them unable to pay bills or a house payment or buy groceries. Working parents who suddenly have no child care are torn between their child’s safety and a boss’ ire, possibly even losing their job.
Do those supposedly intelligent members of Congress not realize that a partial shutdown is an open door to our enemies?
Obama is doing more than just not caving in. Though it can’t be easy for him, he is taking the abuse rather than hand over the government to people who, at the very least, no longer believe in taking turns.
Are coups our future pattern of governing? Is that what you want?
Dolores Klinsky Walker