So it appears the Republican Tea Party’s way to “re-brand” itself is to keep doing the very things that make it completely repulsive to those that know better. The latest Republican “re-branding” initiative…sue Obama! The rationale behind this complete waste of valuable time, money, and resources… President Obama has “overstepped his executive powers in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law” (McGinnis, 2014).
Apparently, the Grand Obstructionist Party’s (GOP) previous attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) 54 times weren’t enough. Nor were its 6 attempts to repeal Obamacare outright (York, 2014). Instead of moving on and addressing the pertinent issues confronting this country, the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives chooses to pursue through the judicial what it could not accomplish legislatively. Ted Cruz, the egocentric poster child for the Republican Tea Party, highlighted just how infatuated his party still is with undermining and/or repealing Obamacare despite repeated epic failures to do. At a recent Young America’s Foundation conference, Mr. Cruz “forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay” and that upcoming “elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare” (Killough, 2014).
While many conservatives feel the President has “overstepped” his boundaries, I counter today’s Congress has “understepped” theirs. It is Congress’ responsibility to enact the laws that keep this country moving forward. Unfortunately, today’s “leaders” in Congress exert a lot of effort blaming President Obama rather than investing that effort in finding solutions to the problems that face this country. As a result, Congress chooses to do nothing …or settle for some half-assed short term stop gap, rather than do its job and make the hard decisions necessary to keep this country functioning.
Ironically, Ted Cruz and the Republican Tea Party have only themselves to blame for the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Their “do-nothing” attitude created the need for someone to step up and take care of business. This is exactly what President Obama did, he stepped up. The reality is this nation’s healthcare system is a disgrace. As rich and “evolved” as this country is, it is despicable that all Americans do not have access to quality, affordable health care regardless of their socioeconomic status. Congress, especially the Republican Tea Party, had ample time to address the disparities adversely impacting the nation’s healthcare system. But like every other issue, they chose to do nothing.
By no means is the Affordable Care Act perfect. Yet, it is a step in the right direction. Despite its rocky start, it is working. The fact that it is working is what upsets the Republican Tea Party the most. Even more upsetting is the fact that every proposal drafted by the Republican Party to overhaul our nation’s healthcare system after Obamacare was already implemented (apparently better late than never is good enough) was an epic failure and embarrassment. Which means this latest ploy by House Republicans to sue the president has nothing to do with overstepping boundaries. It has everything to do with soothing their bruised and battered egos.
President Obama did what no one else was willing to do, and that is “overstep” and take action. This latest stunt by the House Republicans to sue the President is nothing more than one more shenanigan in a long line of wasteful inaction. Ted Cruz’s crusade to repeal Obamacare is just one example of how out of touch and delusional he and his fellow band of radicals truly are. Despite the fact there are pertinent issues facing this country that must be addressed, the Republican Tea Party continues to “re-brand” themselves by deflecting their own inadequacies and deficiencies onto the President. If only Congress would put as much energy into actually taking a stand and taking action as they do blaming President Obama, they might actually get something useful done for a change.
Killough, A. (2014, July 29). Cruz: Let’s repeal ‘every bloody word’ of Obamacare. Retrieved from CNN Politics Political Ticker: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/29/cruz-lets-repeal-every-bloody-word-of-obamacare/?hpt=hp_t2
McGinnis, A. (2014, July 24). U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama. Retrieved from Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/24/us-usa-congress-lawsuit-idUSKBN0FT29M20140724
York, B. (2014, 3 14). No, House Republicans Haven’t Voted 50 Times to Repeal ObamaCare. Retrieved from Fox Nation: http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/03/17/no-house-republicans-havent-voted-50-times-repeal-obamacare