Republicans Are Horrible People

[UPDATE]:

Judging by the response to this story I’ve seen here and around the blogosphere, I don’t think you guys are getting it. Yeah, I saw “Impeach Obama” bumper stickers the day after the inauguration, too. I’m not talking about the usual sour grapes one expects to see among voters and partisans who just lost an election.

These are members of Congress we’re talking about, people with a sworn duty and obligation to do the people’s business. These are your elected members to the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, scheming to bring Washington to a standstill. Plotting to undermine the people’s choice for President while the inaugural balls were still underway! Before any policies or positions had emanated from the new Administration. Before the cabinet was even in place (indeed, obstructing confirmation of Obama’s cabinet picks was part of the strategy)!

Last I checked, folks like Bob Corker took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. Specifically:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

I’d like to know how plotting to obstruct and undermine a legally elected President, the choice of the majority of the people, fits into that? How is this “true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution? How does this “faithfully discharge the duties of the office” as a member of Congress?

It doesn’t. It’s the polar opposite of that. It is, in fact, a gross failure to fulfill those duties. It is obscene that these people will not suffer any repercussions for violating their sworn oath of office in such a manner.

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I know we’ve all heard this story before: how Mitch McConnell said his number one goal was to ensure Obama was one-term president, Jim DeMint talking about “breaking” Obama, blah blah. Just the talk of political rivals, right? No. It’s far more despicable than that.

Because this plot to bring down our first African American president — a democratically-elected president, chosen by the people of this country! — began not after President Obama unveiled policies that Republicans thought disastrous, nor did it begin after some kind of Obama Administration scandal or Democratic Party fuck you to the Republicans.

No, it began on the night of the inauguration:

A detailed account of who was present at the dinner on that January 20 night and the plan they worked out to bring down Obama is provided by Robert Draper in ‘Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the US House of Representatives’, published this week.

Attending the dinner were House members Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Pete Sessions. From the Senate were Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, Jim DeMint, John Ensign and Jon Kyl. Others present were former House Speaker and future – and failed – presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and the Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who organised the dinner and sent out the invitations.

Et tu, Bob Corker? The people of Tennessee did not send you to Washington to foster gridlock and obstructionism. We don’t pay you to grind the peoples’ business to a halt. Did you forget who pays your salary? You’re contemptible.

Anyone who thinks Democrats can reach across the aisle and work with these people is smoking the proverbial political crack.

The dinner table was set in a square at Luntz’s request so everyone could see one another and talk freely. The session lasted four hours and by the end the sombre mood had lifted: they had conceived a plan. They would take back the House in November 2010, which they did, and use it as a spear to mortally wound Obama in 2011 and take back the Senate and White House in 2012, Draper writes.

“If you act like you’re the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority,” said Keven McCarthy, quoted by Draper. “We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign.”

The Republicans have done that, bringing Washington to a near standstill several times during Obama’s first term over debt and other issues.

On the more immediate future, they discussed targets such as Charlie Rangel, chairman of the House ways and means committee, who Gingrich said was vulnerable over his personal taxes. They would also target Treasury secretary Tim Geithner, demonstrate united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies, and release negative ads against vulnerable Democratic members of Congress.

Draper quotes Gingrich at the end of the meal: “You will remember this day. You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”

Ah, poor little Newt. Let’s hope he was right about that one thing: the seeds of Obama’s 2012 re-election were indeed sown in Republicans’ craven desire for power above all else — including the good of the country. Because clearly they do not give a crap about the voters of this country.

Republicans should never, ever be allowed near the reins of power ever again. They simply are horrible, horrible people. Next time someone tells you how wonderful “divided government” is, slap ’em upside the head and show them this story.

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25 responses to “Republicans Are Horrible People

  1. deep

    I seem to remember there were calls to impeach him during the month of December.

  2. Randy

    “I seem to remember there were calls to impeach him during the month of December.”-deep

    Yeah…the December prior to his inauguration.

  3. Susan

    You go girl! Your fireind in Jupiter, Florida, Susan

  4. Susan

    I beleive there was a dinner in Chicago sometime prior to Obama attending Harvard when the MacArthur Foundation and others of their ilk decided Obama would be President. These folk meet and decide about 15 to 20 years prior to the election who will be President. Presidents are not elected by the people anymore. We have only to look at the Bush v. Gore Presidential Election to see proof of that. The Republicans here in Palm Beach County asked me to be a “Chad Counting Supervisor” to dispute votes for Gore. They promised I would be part of history. I politely declined.

    I first learned of the MacArthur Foundation’s influence in 1992. A surveyor and I were working to preserve the Loxahatchee Slough, which is the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River, Florida’s only Federally designated “Wild and Scenic” River. We were working to have all the roadway, dranage and utility easements abandoned so that the Slough (swamp) would not be developed into a “New Town” as John D. MacArthur had envisioned. We found an obscure Easement given to Florida Power and Light by the MacArthur Foundation from Chicago. Easements on land must have a ‘go-away date’ and cannot go on into perpetuity. Sometimes when lawyers and others want people to know, even after they are dead, that they had tremendous power and controlled the events of the day, they put the language into an obscure document that is recorded. This Easement was drafted around 1976 by the MacArthur Foundation Attorneys. It said, “This Easement is valid and in effect until the date of the last to die of George Herbert Bush or William Jefferson Clinton.” We looked at each other and said, “Okay, I understand President Bush, but who is William Jefferson Clinton?” Clinton hadn’t announced he was running for President when we found this Easement. Clinton was the next President. That helped me understand the significance of little ‘ole me trying to preserve land for future generations, making sure we had a Greenway for water, the animals and the people in a hundred years. Yep, right up there with Counting Chads. Footnote, we did preserve the Slough and all the major roadways and easements were abandoned in 1993. Your friend in Jupiter, Florida, Susan.

    • With all due respect, this strikes me as tinfoil hat nonsense, along the same lines as “Presidents are decided at Bohemian Grove.” (If you aren’t familiar with Bohemian Grove, Google it…)

      I agree that the people’s voice has been muted in our elections, insofar as money has corrupted our process and voter suppression tactics have been far too effective. The fact that only — what’s the latest figure? 50%? 60%? — of eligible voters actually exercise their right is evidence of that as well. But the idea that some evil cabal of the rich and powerful have complete control of our elections? That Obama was picked 20 years ago to be president? Calling bullshit on that one. For one thing, Hillary’s cabal would have had something to say about that. 🙂

      • deep

        But Beale, didn’t you know that’s what airplane chemtrails are for? They brainwash the masses into believing that Hillary is a real person!!

    • Deep:

      Rush Limbaugh thinks Hillary is “just a secretary.”

      Can you imagine? The Secretary of State is just a secretary. The mind boggles at the stupidity.

  5. Jim

    If the Republicans believe that the policies of the Obama administration are likely going to be against their interpretation of the Constitution then isn’t it their elected duty to oppose those policies and Obama? For instance, if the supreme court rules that the Healthcare law is unconsitutional, then wasn’t it the duty of the Republicans and Democrats to vote against the proposal?

    If you feel so strongly that Democratic elections should have the final say on things then do you support the Constituional Amendments that states have passed banning gay marriage? Should people be bringing lawsuits against these democratically decided issues?

    • That is the point. It was inauguration day. There WERE no policies. People were still attending the fucking inaugural balls.

      Read the damn post. Twice. ‘k’thx’bai.

      Your point about lawsuits related to gay marriage is not relevant in any way whatsoever to what I’m saying in my post. I’m not going to indulge your strawman argument. Again: read the damn post. Read it twice. Read it three times. If you still don’t get it, I can’t help you.

      • Jim

        “There WERE no policies.” Are you suggesting that everything Obama promised to do if elected while campaigning was just a bunch of lies that should have been ignored?

      • Oh my God. Jim, are you fucking serious? If campaign promises are going to be regarded the same as ACTUAL legislation, then you guys are in deep shit. Romney has promised everything under the moon, right and left, conservative and liberal. He’s flip-flopped more than a dying goldfish.

        Give me a break. You can’t be that stupid. You just can’t.

      • Jim

        I agree that Romney is a twit… gonna be a piss poor president for the next 4 years regardless of who wins that. Only hope is for the Republicans to maintain at least the House and if lucky win the Senate.

  6. “For instance, if the supreme court rules that the Healthcare law is unconsitutional, then wasn’t it the duty of the Republicans and Democrats to vote against the proposal?”-Jim

    Are you suggesting legislators have access to future actions of the SCOTUS. Do they consult the Oracle at Delphi?

    SB I get your point and your frustration. Regrettably I think the muted reaction is a result of the electorate becoming desensitized to those type events and while I’m suspicious of Susan’s hypothesis I understand the sense of disenfranchisement that evokes such statements. (I’ll see your Bohemian Grove and raise you David Rockefeller and the Trilateral Commission.) It’s way old news but an example comes from John Gorenfeld’s 2004 book “Bad Moon Rising” About the Rev,Sun Myoung Moon’s influence in D.C.(People still have no clue he owns The Washington Times)and the infamous event where he was crowned “King of America” in The Senate Dirksen Office Building with at least a dozen members of congress present (mostly GOP)
    Can you imagine if Nancy Pelosi presided over a similar ceremony for Louis Farrakhan?

    • I understand the sense of disenfranchisement that evokes such statements…

      I do too. And honestly, I think that’s really the entire point of Republican machinations: to discourage the electorate. It’s quite possibly the most cynical thing they do. If people feel like their vote doesn’t matter, they just won’t bother, turning the vote over to the “true believers.” Republicans flood the airwaves with their negative ads and constant fearmongering paid for by the corporate slush fund to whip the true believer vote into a frenzy and voila: we have a Tea Party congress.

  7. Update to above post. Looking at the partial list of attendees at the coronation none other than Harold Ford, Tennessee’s almost Senator, was said to be at the affair but he denied knowing about it.

    MONDAY, JUN 21, 2004
    Hail to the Moon king
    The deeply weird coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in a Senate office building — crown, robes, the works — is no longer one of Washington’s best-kept secrets.
    BY JOHN GORENFELD in Salon

  8. “If you feel so strongly that Democratic elections should have the final say on things then do you support the Constituional Amendments that states have passed banning gay marriage? Should people be bringing lawsuits against these democratically decided issues?”

    First of all, Jim, fuck you. You don’t like teh GAY, don’t marry one, asshole.

    “Democratic” is not the correct case use for a general election. It can be a win for the Democrats or a demonstration of democratic voting–not the same thing.

    • Jim

      SB was the one that argued elections matter. Why do they only matter when it is something you agree with?

      • I’m sorry are you now claiming that the entire judicial branch is not part of our Constitution? Jim just give it up. You’re making my point. If Republicans didn’t like a policy of the Administration’s — like the Affordable Care Act — then the way to fight it is through our courts. How that’s supposed to compare to extreme obstructionism planned and plotted while the president’s oath of office still hung in the air is beyond me.

      • Jim

        SB – if the people pass a constitutional amendment to their state constitution how can a court rule it to be unconstitutional? By definition, the people have the power to decide what their state constiution will contain.

        Now if the Supreme Court rules that the affordable care act is unconstitutional are you going to herald that as a great day for constitutional law?

      • Good God Jim, give it a fucking rest. This has nothing to do with what I’m talking about.

        Just take a fucking class in constitutional law. Federal appeals court has jurisdiction over this stuff. This is nothing new.

        Seems like you’re really stuck on the idea that the noblest obligation of a minority party is to Go Galt instead of trying to work with the other side. I’ll be sure to remind you of this next time you pull your “divided government is best” bullshit, which I think you did here once before.

        So if Republicans don’t like the President who won the election, then it’s fine to throw a big-assed temper tantrum and like 4-year-olds. This is good to know. Yep, horrible people, alright.

      • Jim

        So if somehow Romney wins this election you will urge the Democrats in the House and Senate to get behind his policies and pass all of the proposed legislation?

      • God Jim. Really. That’s not what I said. I am sick to death of you putting words in my mouth and tossing up one straw argument after another. Do they teach you this at Tea Party boot camp? Do you really like embarrassing yourself in public forums this way? I’m doing you a favor when I tell you to READ THE FUCKING POST. You’re making a fool of yourself.

        Whatever happened to the idea of COMPROMISE. Right has their ideas, left has theirs, both sides come together and give a little and we get nice little bipartisan pie? Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work? Isn’t that the fantasy of “divided government” that your side is always yammering on about? Isn’t that why the founders gave us this system we have? Isn’t that the fucking point? Not one side digging in its heels and having a big pity party because they lost the election?

        Thanks, really, thank you/ You have proven everything we’ve ever said about modern conservatives. You have no interest in governing, none. You just want WIN. If you can’t have all the candy, then you won’t play. How this is supposed to give us a functioning government, I have no clue, but that’s not the point, it is? What was it Adlai Stevenson said? Republicans say government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it? Nothing has changed.

        I’m over the lot of you.

  9. Mr. Jackson

    Compromising your principles is not a good thing. They should find common ground instead. There’s a difference.

    And if Governor Romney were to win, would you be upset if on Inauguration Day, the Democrats did the same thing to him?