October 10, 2013
Bi-Partisanship at its worst
Republicans and Democrats can't agree on budget, what a suprise.
By Daniel Herda
I would call myself a moderate-liberal, meaning that 40 percent of my views are Republican and 60 percent are Democrat.
With that being said, I think that the Republican Party, or Grand Old Party (GOP) is completely to blame for this government shutdown.
Some would say that we are in this shutdown because the
Democrats are refusing to compromise with the Republicans, with the Republicans wanting to limit funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that officially launched on October 1, 2013.
But it t is not about refusal to compromise. How could the Democrats compromise on something that has already been passed into a law and ratified by the Supreme Court?
Nancy Pelosi, Democrat house minority leader, spoke on the CBS morning show about her views on the Republican Party.
“It’s very hard to negotiate with the Republicans when they can’t negotiate with themselves,” said Pelosi.
When a young independent voter goes to the polls in 2016, he or she will think back to the shutdown of October 2013 and probably vote Democrat, even though half of their views could potentially be Republican.
I am not saying that one political party is better than the other, but the GOP’s actions will have more people turning their backs on them because of how they will be remembered after this shutdown.
As adults, we learn to accept the reality around us. And the reality is that President Barack Obama was re-elected in November 2012, on his ACA platform, by more than 5 million votes, which means the majority of the country continues to support his ideas.
The GOP lost the election with electoral candidate Mitt Romney, which means that they did not have the majority of the votes and in turn the majority of the people.
Ron Johnson, the Republican senator from Wisconsin, spoke about the shutdown on The O’Reilly Factor, which is a conservative political-news program.
“There are some fatal flaws in our strategy,” Johnson said. “You have to set yourself achievable goals, and that is the problem with this effort.”
What is a young independent-voter to think when they analyze the choices of the GOP? Will they label them as adults who accept reality? Or children who throw a temper-tantrum when they do not get their way?
If the Republican Party does not want to become extinct in the next 50 years, then they have to think about the precarious situation they have put their political party in and act in the interest of the majority of Americans.
Bi-partisanship can work and is something wonderful, because it allows a voter to exercise his or her free will.
But ‘choice’ is being threatened because why would a young independent voter even consider choosing the Republican Party when they are holding the government hostage because the majority do not share their opinions?
I hope this issue resolves itself soon, before the reputation of the Republican Party is tarnished forever, because I feel that there are many great Republicans still out there. But the longer this government shurdown goes on, the closer the GOP gets to turning its red color to black.