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The Wilding Afterglow

By The Reverend Published: October 2, 2013

Was it better than sex for conservatives yesterday? Shutting down the federal government, to conservatives, is not something to avoid. To the contrary, for Republicans, shutting down the federal government is the most satisfying of all human activities.

GOP Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).....

"....people are probably going to realize they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed,” she said, prompting host Brian Kilmeade to add, “it’s like the sequester all over.”

The sweetheart from Tennessee also posted this....

“There is some good news out of the shutdown, the EPA can't issue new regulations,” Blackburn said on the social media site.

Sure, Blackburn's cockiness and smartassery is particularly gag-inducing....but that smartassery and jokester snappiness is part of the Republican family DNA. And has been so ever since Ronaldus Maximus Reagan birthed the modern conservative movement with this one liner....

“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Thirty years of non-stop GOP obeisance to the Goofy Gipper later....and this is the result.....

....hatred and mistrust of the government - any government - is now part of the DNA of many conservatives - thanks largely to Reagan.

If it's true....that government is not capable of dealing with American problems, but instead, is the problem itself.....then shouldn't we rid ourselves of all federal government power? And isn't that what the Teas have concluded? Isn't that why some Republicans were pleased, even giddy, with what they had done?

Many folks would like to see more political parties....but for now we're stuck with the two majors. In the midst of the GOP wilding afterglow's very important to review the starkest difference between the two major political parties. Democrats believe that the federal government can solve and help to solve problems which face America and Americans. Republicans believe that the federal government is the source of our problems and can't solve, or help to solve, anything.

Which theory do you identify with? The Republicans who worked to shut down government yesterday know what they believe....they believe voters sent them to Congress to burn the place down. If the federal government IS the problem...if Father Ronald was correct in his Inaugural battle cry....then burning D.C. down, forcing it to close, crippling government so it can't function....are the obvious next steps.

But if it's obvious that the federal government can and has solved national problems.....Social Security, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Medicare, National Defense, etc.....then, whether you know it or not, you are a Democrat.

The Democratic Party, warts and all, is the party of the People. It seems that the latest polling indicates more and more Americans are coming to realize that in the wake of the recent antics of the Party of Anarchy....

The Quinnipiac University survey shows that Americans disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing by 74 percent to 17 percent.

Again, Republicans abhor federal government and participate in it for only two dismantle federal government power.....and to raid the Treasury for the sake of their rich friends. If your political party comprehends the federal government as "the problem".....what else would there be to do?

Now that earmarks are history.....and Republicans can no longer even bring home some bacon to their districts....all that's left is obstruction and destruction. Thus....the giddiness-filled GOP shutdown.

It's all afterglow finger-pointing and blame-gaming today. Gives overpaid Village stenographers a wonderful opportunity to explain why "both sides are equally responsible."

But the afterglow may just turn into...oh, no....on or around the 17th of the month....when the Sons of Anarchy will most likely force the United States into defaulting on its debt. What better way could there possibly be to get goddamn rid of that "problem causing" federal government once and for all...than to force that government into insolvency?

I'm just guessing here...... but I'm thinking some of the GOP giddiness might dissipate if that's what eventually happens.

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