Complainer Bruce’s Cousin, Tea Party Ted

When I was a kid, like you, I had a group of friends that I used to hang out with after school and on weekends.  We would sometimes decide to play ball, or ride our bikes to find adventure.  But whatever we did, we did together after coming to consensus.  However, like clockwork, we could always depend on Bruce to disagree with whatever we decided to do.  He would always find something wrong with it.  But when we asked him to come up with another idea, he had none, he just didn’t like ours.  What was really disturbing about Bruce is that he continued to complain throughout the day and find every opportunity to point out a failure or a problem.  But he never came up with a solution to the problems he complained about, and never came up with his own idea.  We have to thank Bruce for one thing.  He taught us all a very important lesson.  There are simply some people who you can never please, and are too intellectually lazy to come up with their own ideas.  It is always easier to complain and point out problems than come up with solutions and solve problems.

If Bruce reminds you of a group of people currently inhabiting the majority position in the United States House of Representatives it is no accident.  The GOP, like Bruce, seems to be a party stuck in a state of negativity and devoid of the ability to think creatively or constructively.  It is a party that is intellectually bankrupt and lacks the strong leadership necessary to force it to redirect its negativity into positive solution-creation.  What is even more dangerous is that this leadership vacuum has enabled Bruce’s cousin, Tea Party Ted, to assume the role of spokesperson and strategist for the entire GOP.  Unlike Bruce, however, Ted is not just a complainer, but also a destroyer.  If he doesn’t like something, he will do everything he can to destroy it, even if he has to do damage to innocent bystanders to achieve his goal.

English: Seal of the Speaker of the United Sta...
English: Seal of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In order for our system of government to function properly, there are certain basic concepts that need to be respected and adhered to.  We are a representative democracy that is structured to respect the concept of majority decision-making.  Our government is composed of three co-equal branches to create a system of checks and balances.  One small portion of one branch cannot be allowed to overrule all of the rest.  Both the cloture rule in the senate and the Hastert rule in the house need to be reviewed to enable us to get back to true representative democracy and put an end to the kind of demagoguery played out by cousin Tea Party Ted.

Most often off-year elections are not perceived as consequential.  It has become a truism that the party out of power (out of the White House) will gain in an off-year election in the midst of a President’s second term.  This off-year election, however, is very consequential.  The obstruction and destruction we have witnessed during the past 5 years is simply unacceptable.  It is imperative that we send a clear message to Tea Party Ted that his behavior, and that of his colleagues, is antithetical to who we are as a nation and our form of government.

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