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18h UTC; FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2013: "A little group of willful men, representing no interest but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible."

Thus did President Woodrow Wilson berate a group of nine Senators, led by Robert LaFollette from Wisconsin and George Norris from Nebraska, who opposed a 1917 Congressional motion to authorise the arming of United States-flagged merchant vessels during World War I (but not outright United States involvement in same, as widely believed). And perhaps this same remark holds true 96 years later, when certain misguided RepubliKKKan elements in Congress are seeking to bring down the very same ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe whose Luscious Glory they see as essential and integral to AmeriKKKan National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations as of Divine Will and Endowment (the which they insist is "unwritten tradition based on common sense and logic") by delaying any action on the Federal budget or an increase in the authorised debt ceiling all because of their opposition to the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) and their (howbeit misguided) insistence that such threatens said ekonomesie vryheid, &c., in relation to said National Character and Identity.

No doubt prompting the following New York Times Op-Ed from Wednesday last, as is quoted entire for the sake of insight into what Speaker of the House John Boehner faces and also risks with his schoolyard-bully tricks and stunts serving conservative prolefeeder delusions (emphasis added):
So, the House Republicans have shut down the government. Now what? What is their end goal? What is the principle at play? What do they hope to gain?

Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly against the shutdown and are more likely to blame the Republicans than the president. Those numbers are likely to tilt even further away from the G.O.P. the longer this thing drags on.

Petulant Republicans, smarting from being regularly outsmarted by this president, have taken aim at the legislative achievement that they derisively branded with his name (a branding the president has since adopted, flipped and reclaimed) as their last stand against the image of his success and the writing of his legacy.

They are against him on many levels. Some of their opposition seems to be cerebral, relating to the constitutionality of the law. But the Supreme Court already settled that question. It affirmed the law. Of course, there’s also a more visceral, gut-level repudiation of anything associated with Obama. But the voters settled that, in 2012. They affirmed him.

And long-range G.O.P. statisticians no doubt worry about something worse: that the Republicans have oversold their opposition to the law, that it won’t fail and kill jobs, but will succeed and keep thankful voters alive and healthy. In this scenario, in a year, or five, or 10, or in a generation, voters will come to like and depend on the law and associate its success with the Democratic Party and opposition to it with the Republican Party. That doesn’t bode well for a G.O.P. that is already turning off voting blocs — immigrants, minorities, women, young people, gays — and struggling to find a way to win back the presidency.

The Republicans’ stated goal going into the shutdown — to either defund, delay or otherwise destroy the president’s health care law — stands no chance as long as this president is in office and Democrats control the Senate.

To be fair, this stunt of stupidity is not the brainchild of all or even most Republicans in the House, but of a small and fractious faction. They are hard-line Republicans from mostly safe districts. They came to Washington to wreck Washington. They’re not interested in governance because they despise government.

But not enough of their comrades under the Republican flag have demonstrated the courage to confront and contain them. So, there is plenty of blame to go around.

What now? House Speaker John Boehner has allowed a handful of hotheads to push him and his caucus out onto a ledge where there is little room to move, other than to jump or turn back into the flame.

Boehner must fold. The only questions are when and how.

The way he can save face, and maybe save his speakership, is to make acquiescence look like triumph. But the chances of that are small.

The president insists that he will not negotiate over this. His message to the House Republicans is simple: You broke it; you fix it.

On Wednesday, Obama summoned Congressional leaders to the White House to discuss the shutdown. But it wasn’t clear whether the president was abandoning his stated position of not negotiating, or simply managing his image through stagecraft.

This is not sitting well with many Republicans, who chafe at the notion that the president would leave them alone to wallow in the mess they made. Now they claim that the president is not being a leader because he won’t engage representatives who have no interest in being led.

House Republicans linked the president’s health care law to the continuing resolution, and they can decouple it, on their own. The idea that they would create a crisis and then blame the president for not giving them cover to crawl out of it is ridiculous.

The other option that might allow the House Republicans to save face is to let the government shutdown bleed into the debt-ceiling debate, and claim that any concession on raising the debt limit is also a concession for approving a continuing resolution. This would just be rhetorical sleight of hand, however, and there’s no way of knowing if the Tea Party Republicans in the House would accept it as going far enough, particularly if the concessions didn’t specifically involve Obamacare.

Obamacare is the bright red line in House Republicans’ dim world. They can’t countenance the idea that they are out of power and out of options.

These people are exploiting the regular rules of Congress to flout the normal rules of order, turning majority rules into minority rules.
Moving now from the ridiculous to the absurd in regards to the Greater Obamacare Debate, Pat "700 Club" Robertson was overheard suggesting that the Christian principle of tithing (i.e., giving one-tenth of one's assets to the church as a thankoffering) was essential to sound physical and financial health; as per usual, he's lacking any credible substantiation of an interconnexion, nor does he offer actual, independently-verified case studies proving this principle actually works.

And moving back from the absurd to the sublime (and in one fell swoop, not always easy):As if not good enow, consider these ten sentences as explain the GOP's own implosion-in-the-making in simple, easily-understood (and worth sharing) terms and contexts.

Let's hope the punk band as shot a porn video on the front lawn of the so-called "Westboro Baptist Church" in Topeka (hoping to make a statement to the Phelps family as, by and large, constitutes the church's membership roll, or reasonable facsimilie thereof) doesn't ultimately face charges of Sacrelige or otherwise Desecrating Church Property in consequence thereof. And if they do, may I suggest that they ask for dismissal thereof as Malicious Prosecution, not to mention the possibility of such being frivolous, vexatious or tortious (and seek treble damages by virtue of their being considered a Notorious Criminal Organisation thanks to their protests at the funerals or the epicene, war casualties and others suspected of being supportive of tolerance and diversity).

In closing, consider what it must be like to rely solely on the likes of Christian Right prolefeeders such as Bryan J. "AmeriKKKan Family Association" Fischer for your news and information, which is basically symptomatic of the "Bible-Believing" Christian's reckless and utter disregard of intellectualism and, in turn, Truth. And in any case, renders the "news" from said Christian Right prolefeeders to be but the prolefeed it was structured as all along.

In the immortal words of the late John Cameron Swayze
as concluded every broadcast
of the Camel News Caravan (NBC-TV, 1949-1956),
"That's the story; glad we could get together ..."


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