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"A Hostage Worth Ransoming"

By The Reverend Published: August 4, 2011

I've taken a lot of guff from my more conservative readers about using "hostage taking" language to describe the Republican approach to governance. But now those criticisms of The Reverend's take on our illustrious conservative cult can be put to rest....

Senate Minority leader, Mitch McConnell....

"I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. Most of us didn't think that. What we did learn is this -- it's a hostage that's worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done."

Pimping for the rich and powerful for so many years has left the Droopy Dawg look-a-like, McConnell, a bit, you know, jaded. McConnell, fresh off his successful caper to steal money from the weak and powerless in order to coddle banksters and the like with more and lower tax cuts, fully admits that "some members...thought...the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting."

Some Republicans, McConnell openly admits, wanted the U.S. to default on it's debt obligations....some Republicans actually wanted to "shoot..the..hostage."

Consider what Droop said. He candidly told the Washington Post that "some of (the GOP) members" wanted to destroy the economic future of the U.S. by purposely defaulting on debt many of those same Republicans had voted to incur. McConnell has admitted that "some" of the GOP, at least, are an outright enemy of the United States of America. I don't know how anyone could characterize it any other way.

If elected officials want the U.S. to default on it's debt and have it's debt vehicles, it's Treasury bonds, relegated to junk could those Republicans be considered anything other than domestic economic terrorists? Seriously.

And of course, that's just what this "some" in the GOP have been sent to D.C. to accomplish. Tea Party-elected GOP'ers were elected to go to Washington to tear the place down. As Mitch McConnell said...."some" of his colleagues wanted to shoot the hostage. "Some" of McConnell's GOP colleagues wanted to do damage to the United States.

But, naturally, not Mitch McConnell. Mitch is an experienced political prick who knows better than to actually shoot the hostage of the debt ceiling. Where "some" Tea Party Republicans wanted to pull the trigger of the gun they held on America.....McConnell was for, as he states himself..."ransoming" the hostage.

McConnell, without hesitation, told WAPO that the debt ceiling issue was "a hostage that's worth ransoming." Couldn't be clearer. Yes, Mitchy says...not raising the debt ceiling would damage the U.S., perhaps irreparably,...and because not raising the debt ceiling would do damage to the U.S.....McConnell tells all that the debt ceiling was a "hostage worth ransoming."

TPM's Brian Beutler....

This captures the legislative dynamic on Capitol Hill with blunt honesty. When they won an extension of the Bush tax cuts in December 2010, before their newly elected members were sworn in, Republicans settled on a strategy that works -- and they'll have plenty of opportunities to employ it again in the months ahead.

How is all this not a new civil war....just without guns? Why are the actions of the GOP not to be considered treasonous? Why aren't Republicans being labeled as insurrectionists for continuing to threaten the United States of America? How can the GOP escape being placed on the list with other terrorist groups?

Republican leaders are openly telling Americans, and with some glee, that their plan moving forward from the scene of their last ransom to commit even more hostage taking crimes against the American people.

Why not this then: If Obama and the Democrats don't agree to privatize Medicare, GOP state governors will end Medicaid services in their states....leaving thousands of poor to rot and die in misery. Or, if the Democrats and Obama won't agree to revoking the Affordable Care Act entirely....Senate Republicans will work with GOP state governors to re-segregate public schools in red states.

Quite frankly....I don't see how America governs itself from this point forward. My thoughts on the open insurrection which is today's Republican Party used to center around the idea of a domestic "cold war." Kind of an agreed-to mutual standoff. I don't think that any longer. Perhaps Republicans have been emboldened by the Citizens United aberration. Perhaps the thuggishness of the Tea Party brownshirts has stiffened Republican spines.

Whatever the cause....I do not think that the United States will be able to break this downhill cycle into utter incoherence and chaos. We have become an ungovernable nation. What possible good can come form such a situation?



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