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GOP has put a gun to the head of America


My daughter was held up at gunpoint a few weeks ago at night when she was coming home from work.

This happens probably every 10 seconds in this country where gun violence is simply shrugged off by many of our clueless citizens.

However, this letter is not about gun control.

It’s about the gun-toting Republican gang in Congress who are now holding up America.

Their weapon of choice (not guaranteed by the Second Amendment)?

Shutting down our government and recklessly threatening to kill our economy by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.

It’s what we have come to expect from a Republican Party that over the years employs a take-no-prisoners strategy when “the rule of law” (a favorite expression of theirs) fails to get them their way.

Forty times they have lost passing poison pill budgets defunding ObamaCare.

Now they threaten to kill the government if they don’t get their way.

Romney, who ran on repealing ObamaCare (which he was for before being against it) was sent packing by voters in 2012.

So if you lose by playing by the rules of democracy, what do you do?

You pull the trigger.

It’s a wild west vision of legislating where might makes right — ruling by the weapons of terror and intimidation.

Where my daughter found herself recently is where America stands today.

The gunman’s only idea of negotiation was by making demands, “Hand it over or I will kill you.”

Likewise, John Boehner has put his gun to our heads demanding: Hand your right to health care over to us, or else.

Then, acting cravenly, he blames his victims (the American people) as it’s our fault for the crime of not wanting the very policies that are now the law of the land.

Ask yourself this: If Republicans have the people’s support, why not wait until 2014 Congressional elections?

Also ask yourself, is shutting down the government, and destroying the full faith and credit of our country — something that has endured for more than 200 years — really worth (and I am directly quoting from Rep. Boehner’s own website) “the repeal of ObamaCare’s pacemaker tax”?

Yes, Republicans in Congress have distinguished themselves.

If they succeed, they will have shaken the very foundations of our democracy and economy.

To kill ObamaCare, they seem all too willing to kill America.

What a grand old party!

Mark MacWilliams


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