I never once thought I would write approvingly of William Jefferson Clinton, however, I find I must come to terms that President Clinton said something worth repeating. Maybe only because it’s a stance taken by most on the Left. As Clinton stated in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, the Republican party is begging for America to fail: “I’ve never seen a time — can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails.”
Clinton himself certainly thought it a point worth repeating; “I think this bill’s already produced a lot of good results and every — look, they are desperate for this bill to fail, because if it’s not a failure, their whole — everything they’ve been telling us since 1980 that government’s bad is wrong. They so badly want it to fail.” (source)
The Republican party continues to force a government shutdown despite having control of only 1/3 of government and having lost the majority of American votes – they are proceeding with their agenda as if they had a mandate from the American public. Their new resolution would continue to fund the government until December 15th at the cost of delaying Obamacare by one year and allowing a complete repeal of the law’s tax on medical devices. The stalling tactic is just another way for the Republican party to kill Obamacare. And if they don’t get their way – they’re threatening to drive the American economy right off a cliff. As the Huffington Post reports: “The House has again passed a plan that reflects the American people’s desire to keep the government running and stop the president’s health care law,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement, adding, “Now that the House has again acted, it’s up to the Senate to pass this bill without delay to stop a government shutdown.”
If we find that a shutdown would be enacted, the consequences would be dire. Despite the efforts of Senator Ted Cruz to adopt a revisionist stance and label the 1995-96 shutdown as a “victory for Republicans,” and less than catastrophic for the people, we saw that, as MSNBC reported “It’s things like 10,000 Medicare applications, 212,000 social security card requests, 360,000 individual office visits and 800,000 toll-free calls were turned away each day. The list goes on. There were very real impacts for Americans during this time.” (A full transcript of this report can be viewed here.)
Should this shutdown occur on Monday, as MSNBC reported again, we can expect NASA to lose 97% of its 18,000 employees, the EPA could lose 94% of its workforce, half of the defense department’s 800,000 would be furloughed, and the associate security administration would lose 29% of its staff. How quickly could the population feel the effects of this shutdown? Apparently pre-emptively, as Congressman John Yarmuth states “It’s already happening. I know personally people who have cancelled trips to national parks because they thought maybe there would be a shutdown. So our tourism industry is already impacted…” (A full transcript of this report can be viewed here.)
Boehner’s statement brings another issue to light. Should the majority population truly be in favor of halting a step into a single-payer system (which, dear reader, be skeptical of such a statement,) that would be irrelevant and a distinct example of why the United States is not a direct democracy. The opinion of the masses is often wrong, and should Boehner’s assumption of the populace hold true under scrutiny, we would find again that the opposition to the majority must be louder.
Let’s not say though that Republicans should “fuck off” and cease the uphill fight; they are showing a spirit, though with despicable context, that should be taken by Liberal Democrats and is often disregarded as curmudgeonly.
So let us say instead to the opposition of affordable healthcare, in the spirit of le souixante-huitards, bring the fight, lose your spirit, and we will continue to live the noble way “as-if.” There is saying from Roman antiquity: “Fiat justitia-ruat caelum.” Do justice, and let the skies fall.