Are the Republicans so Blind They Cannot See?

September 30 is D-day for the Republican party who is threatening to shutdown the government. The Republican congress (spearheaded by the Tea Party faction) have been beating the drums to defund the affordable health care law (Obamacare) and repeal it. In addition to defunding Obamacare they want to make cuts to federal programs that benefit poor people.

Without getting into the political pros and cons of the Republicans wanting to shut down the government and repeal Obamacare, it suffices to say that such actions would trigger all kind of negative impact. With a fragile economy, the country would plunge further into economic chaos. Wall Street undoubtedly would not react favorable to shutting down the government and investors would see their portfolio diminished. As with any economic turbulence, the poor would feel the impact of any destabilization to the economy.

The saying “there is none so blind as those who cannot see” seems to apply to the Republican House. Since 2008 when President Obama was elected the first black president, the Republicans aided by the right wing media have focused solely on one agenda – to destroy the president by pushing him over the racial cliff. It does not matter to them that in the process of doing this, thousands of Americans – whites and nonwhites – will be adversely impacted. Many already are unemployed and do not have health insurance, yet the Republicans do not seem to care about this.

If the Republicans want to shutdown the government, they should realize that this is not a good political strategy. They tried to deny the president a second term and that failed primarily because they had no real agenda or plan to govern the country. Unfortunately, the Republicans have not learned from their mistakes and cannot see that with their lack of a real plan or alternative to the things they want to defund or eliminate and shutting down the government would alienate voters in the mid-term and 2016 presidential elections.

Politicians regardless of their political allegiance must realize that they have a responsibility to their country and to their constituents. They should follow a simple rule-of-thumb that is, if their actions or decisions will create problems for their constituents and the country, they should avoid taking such actions or decisions. Shutting down the government, defunding the healthcare law (Obamacare), and repealing it without offering good justifiable reasons and alternatives can only be described as irresponsible and dangerous.

It is time for the Republicans and the right wing media to realize that “it is hard for them to kick against the pricks” when it comes to dealing with President Obama. In my book titled, Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse, I made the point that they failed to push the president over the fiscal cliff and that they certainly will not succeed in pushing him over the racial cliff.