Several months ago Roseanne Cash referred to then House Minority Leader John Boehner as an "asshat" because he kept using the name of her famous father (Johnny Cash) as a punchline in his sleazy campaigning.
Today our government is teetering on the verge of a shutdown because Tanning Salon John can't bring himself to challenge the teabagger vermin who have infested his political party. Boehner and his crew are annihilating social programs and shredding the economic safety net while continuing to support tax breaks for the corporations and the rich - and shamelessly shipping off what is left of the national treasury to the Defense industry.
Weren't Republicans the ones who were worried that Obama was going to kill Gramma through sinister "death panels"? Now that same group of shameless scoundrels is openly talking about phasing out Medicare. The Republican Party, those sanctimonious bastards who believe they are the human manifestation of God's will on earth, are in open warfare with the poor, the suffering, and the defenseless. They literally have no shame.
Today's Stars and Stripes has a headline declaring that the military won't be getting paid if the government shuts down. I don't think that even the Republicans are stupid enough to quit paying the military, but hey, I have often been guilty of giving them too much credit.
Tonight I came home to find a lengthy email in my in-box from another asshat. Senator Roy Blunt, whose piety is exceeded only by that of John Ashcroft (yet another asshat) wrote to assure voters that the government might indeed shut down, but if that happens it will be the fault of Senate Democrats who have let government get too bloated. Ol' Roy has voted to keep tax breaks for the oil and gas industry in place, and he also supported extending Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires - but it will be a cold day in Hades before he will approve one thin dime for America's needy.
But change is afoot, and it is not going to be the type of change that Republicans will appreciate. America's Hispanic sector has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades, and our brown neighbors are not amused at the way Republican politicians have ignored, marginalized, and racially profiled them. (Joe Arpaio and Jan Brewer - I'm talking about you and every other redneck slug in America who has been whipping up anti-immigrant hatred in search of votes. Those votes are going to be overwhelmed in the very near future by people who are sick and tired of being used as scapegoats by racists.)
Wisconsin had an election yesterday for state judges, and Democrats recaptured 19 districts that had gone Republican in the last election. Governor Scott Walker came to the state house swinging the sword of hate against unions and public employees - but in the long run all he managed to do was cut his own legs out from under himself and show the citizens of Wisconsin that he is not competent to lead.
When the government shuts down - and mail quits being delivered, and social security checks quit appearing on time, and government offices close - Americans will begin to learn what Wisconsin knows - the Republican Party doesn't give a damn about the little guy, and Republicans can't be trusted to govern.
Roseanne Cash was right. John Boehner is an asshat, but only on his best days!