I know this isn’t a nature blog posting, I just need to rant.
The Republican Party leadership are killing themselves!
There have got to be hundreds of books written about negotiating and I’m sure none of them would suggest the tactics that they’re using in this shutdown. For some peculiarly odd reason, the Republicans think that only the Democratic Party sees the value in keeping the government running, therefore they can use it as a bargaining chip. How stupid is that! Both parties are responsible for running this country; therefore it is in the interest of both parties to keep America operating. How can that are used as a bargaining chip?! They’re just plain STUPID!
Our very own congressman, Marlin Stutzman, got in trouble for stating the Republican point of view right out loud, “We’re not going to be disrespected, we have to get something out of this, and I don’t know what that even is.” What negotiator would enter into negotiations not knowing what outcome they want? Obama isn’t going to give an inch on the Affordable Care Act. If there’s one person in the world who thinks that Obamacare is a good thing, it’s Obama! Therefore, what’s the point of the shutdown? What can they possibly gain from it? Nothing!! It’s so STUPID! If Congressman Stutzman wants respect, he should start doing smart things!!
This is just destroying the Republican Party. If they don’t get some good leadership in there soon, we’re going to end up with a one-party; or more likely a three-party, system with the Democratic Party having the vast majority of the power. For left leaning folks like myself, this might seem like a good thing at the moment, but that sort of power is never a good thing. Right now the Democrats have good leadership and could run things well, but history shows that in the long run this would turn out bad.
The conservative platform has a lot of good points that are worthy of discussion. This keeps the liberal viewpoint from going overboard. But right now the carriers of the conservative banners are not good representatives. They’re just STUPID!