The Republican Party is not a political party. It is a mobster syndicate, committing crimes in broad daylight, and we have looked away.
Consider: if, thoughtlessly and irresponsibly, one leaves a child in a car so that it dies from heat prostration, that is a crime. The Senators are willing to abandon the sick, the disabled, the children to the elements, denying them the protection, support and healing powers of modern medicine.
Isn’t such irresponsibility a crime?
Over the last seven years, the Republican Congress has taken sixty-plus votes to repeal The Affordable Care Act, a mugging of government.
Isn’t mugging a crime?
On Monday, the Finance Committee scheduled the only hearing on the latest version of Repeal/Replace. A riot erupted, as 181 victims protesting Hit-and-Run legislation by the Republicans were arrested. The Senators were considering a bill that would in fact shatter the lives of millions of their constituents, folks they had promised – nay, took an oath! – to serve and protect. For all intents and purposes, the Republican senators planned to plow into these Americans with a legislative truck that makes the Hit and Run carnage at Nice a mere footnote. Why did the VICTIMS of such destructive irresponsibility get hauled off to jail – many of them in wheel-chairs – while the Republican senators deplored their victims’ lack of decorum.
Isn’t Hit-and-Run a crime?
In 19 states, Republican governors have refused to accept the Medicaid provisions in the ACA, denying coverage to millions. Statistical analysis shows a significantly reduced death rate in states with Medicaid as compared to states without Medicaid. Why aren’t the governors charged with manslaughter? Aren’t they guilty of a crime, sacrificing the lives of their constituents?
Isn’t manslaughter a crime?
True, this week the Republicans failed again to rustle up the necessary votes to enact the appalling Repeal/Replace bill. By one vote, probably! In other words, all but three Republican senators would have voted – again! – to destroy medical protection for their constituents. There are 52 Republican senators. 49 would have committed this crime, presumably in order to keep their job, with the prestige and perks that go with it.
Many impartial observers have judged Repeal/Replace legislation the most thoughtless and vindictive to have ever come before a committee of Congress. The voters give Congress an approval rating under 10%, the lowest number in the history of polls. So the people are on to the Republican abandonment of responsibility.
Nonetheless, now in the eighth year, Mitch McConnell was breathing down the neck of Republicans to get their murderous legislative truck up and running before the September 30th deadline. But, lacking the 50 Republican votes, plus that of the god-fearing, misogynist Vice President, Mitch cancelled the vote. However, he insisted the Affordable Care Act would come up again for repeal. He is not interested in working with Democrats on improving the ACU. He will not cease his inexhaustible attacks on Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
Doesn’t that qualify for a hate crime?