meltdowns,which are developmentally appropriate at ages 2-3. Far worse than any generation of terrible twos is our current crop of Republicans in Congress–unfortunately the majority–who continuously lie down on the Floor, symbolically hurling hyperbole just as toddlers frantically flail their limbs. ” No, no, no!” They refuse to negotiate or sign any legislation that includes terms they don’t like. Sound harsh, or only familiar? Are some US politicians in a state of arrested development?
Even life-long Republicans—especially the Tea Party—would have to acknowledge their profound negativity on these major questions: Support Planned Parenthood and uphold Roe vs. Wade? Same sex marriage? More restrictive gun control laws? Higher taxes for the super wealthy? Universal health care? Saving social security? Climate control? To all of these questions the Republican answer is a resounding “No!” The GOP would prefer to shut down the federal government rather than compromise.
The fact that John Boehner quit as Speaker of the House and no one wants the job speaks volumes. Before the “No!” party became entrenched, the job of Speaker was considered an honorable and coveted position. Now that many hard line conservatives refuse to negotiate, the Speaker is doomed to failure. If the Speaker tries to suggest Republicans compromise in order to pass a necessary bill, he is viewed as weak (at best) or a turncoat (at worst). If the Speaker refuses to negotiate and the bill dies, the press and voters of both parties will denounce him as stubborn and ineffectual. Any representative with presidential aspirations does not want what has become a thankless job. Witness Paul Ryan quietly kicking and screaming in protest of Republicans begging him to become Speaker. These days, the Speaker’s job is a losing proposition regardless of what the Speaker actually does. Above all else, politicians hate to lose. Instead of risking reelection, they would rather do nothing, say “no,” and let their fellow Americans suffer the consequences