What (or who) do you consider the most dangerous threat to America? Before we venture down that path, we should define our terms. I choose to think of America as its people. Danger is exposure to harm. A threat is something liable to bring danger or catastrophe. The eight years of the Barack Obama presidency and the tortuous months that have followed it leave us with the inescapable conclusion that the Republican Party wins this dubious prize. Really?
Before we dismiss this charge as hyperbolic ranting of a narrow-minded liberal, let’s examine a few pertinent facts and key people in positions of power. For the past several years, the man driving the Republicans’ locomotive has been the senior senator from Kentucky, Addison Mitchell McConnell, who in 2010 declared, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” He set out to block any good the president might attempt to accomplish.
As the Republicans’ leader in the Senate, McConnell wields considerable power and influence over legislation that affects us all. His 2010 declaration made public the party’s confession that its main goal was to obstruct anything Obama tried to accomplish, any and all proposed legislation, regardless of its merits. That’s why they were elected, right? McConnell thought so, and for Obama’s eight years, his foot soldiers mindlessly marched in step, obstructing.
Today, we witness the spectacle of a McConnell-led march to deliver to our president a cruel piece of legislation that would effectively reverse what has come to be known as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, a remarkable achievement of the Obama administration despite the fierce resistance of an obstructionist Republican Congress. The Republicans’ new version, drafted in secret by a select small group of Republican loyalists, would slash taxes on the wealthy and businesses; reduce federal funding for Medicaid and phase out its expansion under the Affordable Care Act; and limit the tax credits available to help people purchase insurance on the individual market. Oh, and defund Planned Parenthood. Mustn’t forget that.
This blog isn’t about this dangerous bill alone, but its content and the manner in which it was written serve to illustrate Republicans’ single-minded determination to reverse any good that President Obama achieved while in office. Our schoolyard bully occupying the Oval Office is doing his bit to help undo Obama accomplishments, too. Make no mistake, Republicans’ passion for repealing and reversing Obamacare is about one thing: humiliating President Obama. This is what the nation needs?
These are our elected representatives, folks, spending our taxes and devoting their time, energy and dubious intellect on reversing Obama, marching in step, ignoring America. That’s us.