The Shutdown Follies

Congress works to stop a government shutdown in Washington

While President Barack Obama’s decision to physically bar those always-dangerous World War II veterans from viewing the memorial they paid for in blood has certainly reminded me of his almost pathological hubris, it has also reminded me that even Sisyphus himself would rather push his rock than try and talk sense to such a man. Sadly, Obama’s war on war heroes is hardly the lone example of the embarrassingly petty behavior Obama has displayed. From the magnificent vistas of the Grand Canyon to the National Mall, the Democrats staged this entire “shutdown” circus in an effort to distract attention from the sideshow freak that is Obamacare. Still considered the scandal-clouded Obama Administration’s crowning achievement, Obamacare — not to mention the statements Democrats continue to make in support of it — is as twisted by fraud as Bill Clinton’s next 5 a.m. “excuse.”

Rather than acknowledge the shocking cost increases, losses of coverage and even death panels that essentially define the $2 trillion behemoth, Obama and his accomplices have taken a two-pronged approach. When they’re not slandering Obamacare opponents as “terrorists” or even (my personal favorite) “Tea-hadis,” they’re pretending the debate over Obamacare’s future is somehow settled, since “it’s the law.”

Democrat rhetoric routinely descends to the sophomoric. But I can hardly expect more from a party that lionizes comedians like Bill Maher, a multimillionaire whose mommy issues could keep a whole team of psychiatrists busy until HBO’s next airing of “D.C. Cab.” Whether launching misogynist assaults on women like Sarah Palin, racist attacks on Dr. Ben Carson or the always-appropriate death threats directed at — well — nearly everyone, the left hides behind hate speech for the same reason Obama lies to his low-information base: Lying is easier, and it leaves more time for golf.

Harping on Obamacare’s legal status is fine. However, that the law passed under cover of “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it” has produced precisely the opposite of its promised effects seems like a poor topic about which to gloat. “Hey, we scammed America out of $2 trillion and made a fairly clean getaway!” And I’d be remiss were I not to point out that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution has been law for more than centuries and that the Democrats have accepted that fact as well as a fat guy accepts “We’re out of cake.”

On the other side of the Democrats’ shutdown follies is the debt limit increase demanded by Obama. “(Y)ou don’t negotiate… by putting a gun to the American people’s head by threatening a shutdown.” Putting aside Obama’s gratuitous gun violence joke, if Obama really wants us to allow him to take out another mortgage on our children’s futures, he might want to try a route that he didn’t personally consider “a leadership failure” until he found out being President is, like, super hard, you guys!

Now, the shutdown has engendered discussion of negotiations. I’m curious as to why anyone want to negotiate with the Democrats. Obamacare is a $2 trillion fraud. Obama and his accomplices forced this shutdown rather than give up on an entirely unworkable con of which they personally want no part. Obama has delivered Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, National Security Agency spying, Internal Revenue Service intimidation and Obamacare.

I don’t negotiate with criminals, and I damned sure don’t want my representatives doing so on my behalf.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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