House Republicans Floundering…….

In a desperate bid to seem somehow relevant the House of Representatives is grasping for anything.

They will even put items up for a vote that party whips have not lined up for passage.

The House defeated three bills to fund the national parks, Veterans Affairs and allow the District of Columbia to use local revenue to fund certain governmental operations. The House was attempting to fund certain non-controversial governmental functions. Senate Democrats said they would’ve rejected the bills and President Barack Obama would’ve vetoed them.

This would be funny if it were not so embarrassing for the teabaggers who are holding the nation hostage..

 

House Republicans “Demanded Ransom”

We are not about to pay those who want to hold our nation for ransom.

That was pretty much the tone and words from a well- grounded and reasoned President of United States today as he addressed the nation.

“They demanded ransom,” Mr Obama said.  He blamed conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives for the shutdown, saying “one faction of one party” was responsible because “they didn’t like one law”.

“They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans,” the President said at the White House.

I am not sure what history books, if any, the current crop of House members have read, but they differ greatly from the ones I have read.  The problem is that too many of those elected are not grounded in logic, but fly with the latest red-meat crowd-pleasing line that will garner applause at the local fish fry and beer hall rallies.  We are not talking about Rhodes Scholars when we look at the make-up of the Republican-led House.

The members of congress all the years of my growing up and into my early adult life differed on a whole raft of issues.  But never did the entire political process break down due to the  unbending antics from a small group of partisan thugs.    What is playing out now from the House is not how the process is supposed to work,  It shows what happens when people get elected out of anger instead of an understanding about government, and the role they can constructively play once in congress.

There is no way that any parent would allow a child to get away with the stunts that the House Republicans have pulled in the past week, and no respectable Democrat can allow for the tactics used to shut down our government be allowed to sway policy.  To pay ransom once is only to invite more chaos for the next manufactured crisis that the GOP will pull out of their rumps.

Legal Duo Of Theodore Olson And David Boies To Challenge Gay Marriage Ban In Virginia

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There is no stopping the desire to see full civil rights for every gay man and woman who wants to marry in the United States.

Republican lawyer Theodore Olson and liberal Democrat David Boies are again joining forces to combat what the lawyers called Virginia’s “draconian” laws prohibiting same-sex marriages, the recognition of such marriages performed where they are legal, and civil unions.  These are the two men behind helping to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage in a Supreme Court case this year.

That ruling, as important and vital as it was, still meant the high court stopped short of finding that the Constitution requires that gays and lesbians be allowed to marry.  The justices left the matter up to the states.

Obviously that is not going to be enough.

As stated often on CP there is nothing short of the recognition of a constitutional right, such as when the Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages in the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, that will be acceptable.

Virginia was selected for the legal team to fight this battle due to the complete denial of all rights for marriage and fairness for gay men and women that was enacted with a 2006 referendum.  The unfairness of this law regarding curtailing of civil rights makes the need for a constitutional correction all the more obvious.

This case will be followed in the months to come, as it very well might be the one to finally allow for gay marriage everywhere in the nation.

No Good News For Republicans In Latest Quinnipiac Poll

A new Quinnipiac Poll is going to be painful for Republicans.

American voters oppose 72-22 percent Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare … Voters also oppose 64-27 percent blocking an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling as a way to stop Obamacare … American voters are divided on Obamacare, with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed, but they are opposed 58-34
percent to Congress cutting off funding for the health care law to stop its implementation. Republicans support the federal government shutdown by a narrow 49-44 percent margin, but opposition is 90-6 percent among Democrats and 74-19 percent among independent voters. President Barack Obama gets a negative 45-49 percent overall job approval rating, [statistically unchanged from] 46-48
percent score August 2. American voters disapprove 74-17 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, their lowest score ever, and disapprove 60-32 percent of the job Democrats are doing.”

Front Pages Of Newspapers On Government Shutdown

One way to gauge the mood of the nation as it wakes up to the closing of the federal government is by looking at the morning papers.

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Government Shutdown Political Cartoons

As Jackie Gleason would say, “And awaaay we go!’

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