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October 23, 2013

Primus Mootry: We must weather the storm of far-right idiocy together

“Master, the tempest is raging!

The billows are tossing high!

The sky is o’er shadowed with blackness

No shelter or help is nigh ...”

Gospel hymn

Peace Be Still

Will the Capitol Hill madness ever cease? For the remainder of President Obama’s term, I think not.

Out of sheer spite, racist innuendo, and blatant partisan politics, a far-right-wing faction of legislators who call themselves Republicans are hell bent on keeping the storms of dissent blowing wild.

These windbags kept Republican House Speaker John Boehner and our government hostage for 16 days. What did they win? Nothing.

In fact, their foolishness cost you and me — taxpayers — $24 billion, and still counting. How’s that for the thing they say they love so much: fiscal responsibility?

This group of Congressional rebels shut down government and, in the process, threw 10s of thousands of Americans out of work, forced the closure of a wide variety of government services, damaged the mainstream Republican Party brand, and hurt the American people.

Even conservatives call their actions “a fool’s errand.”

Hold on. There will be another budget crisis, another fiscal cliff, and yet another opportunity for this faction to prove that fools are as likely to get elected as reasonable men and women. They can’t wait.

It doesn’t seem to matter that their antics won them nothing this time around. Nothing, that is, except the disrespect of 75 percent of Americans. Curiously, they see this disrespect as evidence that they are, in fact, heroes.

They wrap themselves in the flag, quote Bible scripture, and tell their benighted constituents that unpopularity is the price of true courage. Boehner, they say, is a coward. And Obama and his damnable Obamacare are the true villains.

They can afford to say whatever they want. To the point, their base is beyond the reach of big business and mainstream Republican politics. Through gerrymandering, or redistricting to ensure they will win local and state elections, they play to a political base that carries the Confederate Flag in one hand, and “Don’t Tread on Me” in the other.

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