The clock on the floor tells me it’s 7 PM Sunday night. Reuters tells me the government remains shutdown by the Republicans. The head of the J. P. Morgan Chase bank tells me if our nation defaults on its loans Thursday, “you don’t want to know” what will happen. Senator Rob Portman (Republican, Ohio) tells me there will be a deal before Thursday. But Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican, South Carolina) said Portman’s full of shit.
Meanwhile, Friday I was told my Obamacare application was accepted. I made it a week ago today after logging on to the Connecticut state website the first time I tried and spending a total of 12 minutes online (yep, I clocked it). Turns out I’ll be getting real health care – right now, I’ve got prescription and catastrophic care, which means if Telstar fell on my head, I’m partially covered. Oh, and it’ll be priced reasonably and affordably.
It’s impossible to perceive responsible Americans would let this nation sink. But it’s been quite a while since Republicans have acted responsibly. They prefer to be defectively childish when there’s a Democrat in the White House, and they are completely hysterical when there’s a black man at 1600 Pennsylvania… at least one who doesn’t look like Forest Whitaker and act like Stepin Fetchit.
The Republicans say President Obama won’t negotiate. To show you how stupid that is, let me offer up a hypothetical.
Let us say 80 Democratic congressmen are angry with all the state laws that have been passed that limit or terminate a woman’s right to abortion. Let’s say they propose a federal law that wipes away these oppressive laws. And, further, let’s say they promise a primary fight against any Democratic congressman who oppose the law. Their new law doesn’t pass, so the Democratic congressmen decide to hold our nation hostage by shutting down the government until they get their way. They want to “negotiate.”
This could happen. There are more than 80 congressmen who would back such a bill.
Wait. Excuse me. I’m mistaken.
This cannot happen because, as a group, the Democratic congressmen are not a gaggle of emotionally deprived totalitarian childish brats whose temper tantrums are better suited for the supermarket cereal aisle. The Democratic congressmen are more mature and more responsible than the Republicans.
And that’s such a low bar.
Will this week be America’s last as the world’s leading superpower?
This is entirely up to all those nine year-olds on the Republican side of the aisle in the United States House of Representatives.
Mike Gold performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information. Gold also joins MDW’s Marc Alan Fishman, Martha Thomases and Michael Davis as a weekly columnist at www.comicmix.com where he pontificates on matters of four-color.