The 3rd Member of the Hall of Shame
Today we have a superb candidate for the hall of shame. In just a few ineloquent words, he embodied what is wrong with this Republican led government shutdown.
I am speaking of a great public servant. A man who puts country above party. A humble self-effacing man. I’m speaking of none other than Howe, Indiana’s Marlin Stutzman. Congressman Stutzman very clearly explained the Republican’s strategy in regards to the shutdown: “We aren’t going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
So in other words, we took the hostages, now give us something and don’t you dare disrespect us. This kind of mentality shows how self serving Republican strategy has become. We can expect that every time a resolution is needed to fund the government, the Republicans are going to block it until we “give them something”. Never mind how much it hurts the country, the Republicans have made this type of extortion politics the hallmark of their way of governing. They are unable to accomplish anything thru legitimate legislative process, so every 6 months or so they use the opportunity to withhold funding to “get something”.
Mr. Stutzman, you are very wrong. You are disrespected. You are reviled, ridiculed, and scorned. By your own words, you admit you don’t even know what you hope to accomplish. Maybe before you throw 800,000 people out of work, hurt our country in a myriad of ways, maybe just maybe you might want to know why you are doing it. You sir, are a pathetic excuse for someone who is supposed to be a public servant.
For your disregard for your responsibilities as a US Congressman and just overall asininity, you are hereby inducted into my Hall of Shame. Congratulations on this badge of disrespect. You’ve certainly earned it.