A new form of governing?

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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

Walla Walla

Comments

MyFamNews 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thomas Sowell's opinion, like so many others. Speaking as if he has a direct line to the minds of 535 congressional representatives and senators. Really?

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fatherof5 6 months, 2 weeks ago

This is a well-reasoned letter, as opposed to your link, Barracuda, which suggests that the Democrats are responsible for shutting down the government due to their refusal to accept the House budget that eliminates the Affordable Care Act.

That argument is disingenuous and absurd. If I hand you a bag of groceries with a lit stick of dynamite in it, and you refuse the bag, is it reasonable for me to then blame you for being hungry?

The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and validated by the Supreme Court. The President was then re-elected by "the people." House Republicans can't get their way through the legislative process, and they can't seem to convince a majority of Americans to give them control of the government, so they are holding the American economy hostage.

The budget passed by the House was a non-starter and everyone knew it. THEY shut down the government...and they are threatening a global economic crisis by threatening to not pay our bills. This is how my children behaved before they turned six. It is beneath the dignity of the United States of America.

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bj84711 6 months, 2 weeks ago

At the time the president BOUGHT the votes needed to pass Obamacare 68% of Americans polled were against it. I am glad that they know what is best for us since we evidently can't think for our selves!

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fatherof5 6 months, 2 weeks ago

No question that Ben Nelson (Dem. from Nebraska) and a couple other particularly conservative democrats forced some ugly concessions, most of which were removed. It made me angry too.

As for the 68% opposition figure, many of those were folks who wanted single-payer healthcare and who objected to the conservative nature of Obamacare (aka 'Romneycare"). Today, of the 54% who don't like Obamacare, about 38% are conservatives, and about 16% are liberals who want socialized medicine, which Obamacare is not.

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PearlY 6 months, 1 week ago

What's disingenuous and absurd is to call the defunding effort a bomb, as you did in another letter, or a stick of dynamite. And as I said in response to your last letter, the true lit stick of dynamite is Obamacare, set to blow up millions of people's budgets.

But I think you've hit on one of the problems with Obamacare. It IS like accepting a bag of groceries from a stranger - you never know what's really in it - and then being forced to swallow it whether you want to or not. Better to buy your own groceries if you're hungry, or visit a reputable food bank or charity, who won't insist that you swallow whatever they think is good for you.

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barracuda 6 months, 1 week ago

Remember Pearl.... "It has to be passed for us to see what is really in it...." Nancy Palosi

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namvet60 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Dictators are occasionally involved in a coup. This Administration keeps utilizing the destructive tactics that they are using there very well may be a revolution!

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namvet60 6 months, 1 week ago

As usual I respond to a Leftie letter and you get judgmental. I would suggest you gaze into a mirror and dwell on your own misgivings. You do not have any room to judge anyone.

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namvet60 6 months, 1 week ago

fatherof5 - did you happen to notice the finesse that was used by the WWII veterans to take back there Memorial so that the wheel chair bound Vets could go in and see the Memorial? How the Barrycades were stacked neatly so that the furloughed Capitol Employees could go back and replace them at the end of the day? This Administration and the Senate Majority Harry Reid are disgusting to say the least!

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grammaphyllis 6 months, 1 week ago

Clarify something for me. If Obamacare is the law of the land, passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President and affirmed by the Supreme Court, where does Obama get the authority to modify it by picking parts of it for modification? Where does he get the right to give waivers to his political cronies while making life miserable for the majority who don't want this train wreck?
Make no mistake, as time marches on more people will be without health insurance than before this "Affordable" care act was passed . If it's the LAW shouldn't Obama respect the LAW and let it succeed or fail on it's own merits??

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namvet60 6 months, 1 week ago

grammaphyllis - there is really no rhyme or reason other that if you are running a Socialist venture you don't have any road blocks to prevent total take over by government. Of course by some of these posters on these pages they are totally brainwashed to self-destruct.

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