It Is Time To Say No To The Party Of No

Any of us who are parents are aware of the balancing act we have had to play with the word “no”. At what point do we try to be a little more lenient and allow our child to learn on his own? At what point do we have to put our foot down and teach the lesson our self? We want them to grow up able to use their own judgement, but we sometimes need to protect them from themselves. While we are concerned about our own child’s welfare, when their behavior impacts on the welfare of others we must act decisively. It is time that the adults in this country act decisively and put a stop to the damaging, irrational and dangerous behavior of the children in the Republican party.

On the state level Republican-controlled legislatures have been throwing tantrums impacting on voting rights, abortion, healthcare, gun control, education, climate control and immigration. The governor of North Carolina had to acknowledge that he was unfamiliar with some of the provisions of the bill he was about to sign that severely restricts voting rights. Seven states have banned the use of Sharia Law without understanding the folly of their behavior. Governor Perry of Texas strongly supported one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, yet was unable to locate the vagina on an anatomically correct doll. The level of misinformation and ignorance on which legislative action is occurring is astounding. These are not children, but supposedly responsible, thoughtful and intelligent adults. How disappointing then, that we must protect our fellow countrymen, who have the misfortune of living in one of these Republican-controlled states, from these adults who act like children. We must help them say no!

Rick Perry - Cartoon
Rick Perry – Cartoon (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

On the national level the picture is just as bleak. The children, who are the GOP in congress, are fighting with each other and doing everything they can to avoid making a decision. The ridiculous and dangerous rantings of Cruz, Paul, Boehner, Cantor, Lee and McConnell would be laughable if they weren’t so frightening. The threat to shut down the government, defund Obamacare, the refusal to approve a budget, the threat to refuse to approve a Continuing Resolution, the threat to refuse to approve raising the debt ceiling, are all examples of the dangerous behavior of the GOP. This behavior is reminiscent of that of a child who is self-centered and must stubbornly get his way. He cares little for how it impacts on those around him, only that it is good for him. It is this dangerous attitude that pervades the
GOP. It will impact on the economic recovery and the international stature of our country. It is the kind of behavior that impacts on the lives of ordinary Americans. Just as any parent would do with his child, we must say no!

Official photographic portrait of US President...
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama has finally begun to say no to the obstruction he has experienced for nearly five years. He is clearly ready to act decisively to protect the rest of us from the childish behavior of the GOP. By having the DOJ place Texas on notice regarding its new voting rights laws, he has made it clear that through executive action he will fight back on all fronts. Many of us have been waiting for the President and the Democrats to stop worrying about being good friends with their own children of the GOP, and start worrying about the rest of the children in the neighborhood. It is time for them to say no!


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